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Human Trafficking

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with Foreign and Commonwealth Office colleagues on proposals to warn girls and women living outside the UK of the dangers of trafficking. (95313)

Discussions about this issue are ongoing with Foreign Office colleagues in the Inter-Ministerial Group on trafficking of which I am a member. We are working internationally to prevent trafficking by investing in projects in source and transit countries to build capacity and raise awareness of trafficking with potential victims. The Home Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department of International Development have all funded schemes aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of trafficking and building capacity.

We have provided a total of £200,000 to fund various anti-trafficking projects in the Western Balkans, a key transit region. We have also given £70,000 to Anti-Slavery International for raising awareness of the abuses suffered by the victims of trafficking and remedial action in West Africa (including Benin, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Ghana, Niger and Togo). Additionally we have given £8.9 million for the International Labour Organisation's International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) programme in the Greater Mekong region (parts of Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam). This involves a number of inter-linked interventions to raise awareness and prevent trafficking, and to withdraw women and children from labour exploitation and reintegrate them back into their own, or new, communities.