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Child Trafficking

Volume 449: debated on Monday 11 September 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many child trafficking victims were deported after being taken into custody by the authorities in the last period for which figures are available. (75976)

The information requested is not centrally recorded and therefore not available, however the Government would not normally consider a person for deportation in his or her own right if he or she is under 16 years of age.

Where a child is thought to have been a victim of trafficking, referrals to the police and local authority children's services are made. In the case of a child who has been trafficked and who is neither a UK nor European Union citizen, the immigration and nationality directorate will determine what action it will take by taking into account what is in the best interests of the child.