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Child Trafficking

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department has undertaken best interests assessments of all trafficked children. (93012)

The Immigration and Nationality Directorate seeks to safeguard the welfare of all children subject to immigration control in cooperation with the relevant authorities. The best interests of all children, including unaccompanied children who may have been trafficked, are taken into account as part of this process.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department takes to ensure that (a) deported trafficked children are supported upon their arrival in their original country and (b) these children are not trafficked again. (93013)

It remains the Government’s position that we would not seek to remove an unaccompanied asylum seeking child to his or her home country unless adequate and safe reception arrangements were in place. As part of the consideration of the suitability of return, the Home Office would undertake a case-by-case assessment of any risk of trafficking or re-trafficking that they might face post-return.