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Human Trafficking

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department where people seeking entry to the UK have been apprehended for (a) attempted trafficking and (b) trafficking for minors in each of the last three years. (112673)

[holding answer 19 December 2006]: Official statistics on immigration matters are available from the Home Office research, development and statistics directorate website at

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.

These statistics show the number of persons proceeded against for offences and persons found guilty under the Immigration Act 1971 Section 25 (1) (A) “Knowingly facilitating the entry of an illegal entrant” and Section 25 (1) (b) “Knowingly facilitating the entry of an asylum claimant” in United Kingdom for the period 2001 to 2005.

At present, the immigration and nationality directorate has no centrally collated data on the numbers of children trafficked into the UK or on where those attempting trafficking have been apprehended for this offence.