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People Trafficking

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons have been (a) arrested for, (b) charged with and (c) convicted of people trafficking offences in Northern Ireland. (81819)

The Police Service of Northern Ireland advises that one person was arrested for “people trafficking” in October 2005. He was charged on the 17 October 2005 and on the 23 March 2006 this charge was withdrawn on direction of the Public Prosecution Service.

Legislation introduced in 2004 (The Sexual Offence Act 2003 and the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc.) Act 2004) include offences related to human trafficking; however, due to the current unavailability of conviction statistics beyond 2003, it is not yet possible to determine the number of persons convicted of such offences under these more recent Acts.