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Human Trafficking

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many trafficked women have co-operated with prosecutions of trafficking cases in each of the last three years. (94241)

[holding answer 16 October 2006]: To date we have seen 30 convictions for trafficking for sexual exploitation under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, in 16 different cases.

There has only been one victim-less prosecution in the UK to date so all of the successful prosecutions for trafficking have had victim involvement and participation.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what police initiatives are planned to target traffickers and trafficked people. (94242)

[holding answer 16 October 2006]: I cannot comment on current police operations/activity. The UK human trafficking centre will be in a position to co-ordinate any national operations that the police decide to carry out in the future, including any follow- up to the very successful Operation Pentameter.