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Human Trafficking

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 1 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what role his Department plays in combating human trafficking in the countries to which the United Kingdom provides aid. (124502)

Poverty and social exclusion make people vulnerable to human trafficking. DFID's purpose is to support long-term programmes to help eliminate the underlying causes of poverty. Our programmes help improve the livelihood opportunities and security of poor people so that they are less susceptible to traffickers.

DFID also supports the anti-trafficking work of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) through its special action programme to combat forced labour and the international programme on the elimination of child labour. Over £14 million is currently committed to ILO and civil society programmes in south-east Asia.