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Trafficked Women

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

23. To ask the Solicitor-General what guidance he has issued to the Crown Prosecution Service on the provision of witness protection for women trafficked into the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation. (127494)

Guidance issued to Crown prosecutors on how to support and protect trafficked victims at court includes applications for special measures, applying for reporting restrictions to protect victims’ identities and applying for the use of live evidence to be given from abroad.

Out of court process, where there are concerns over safety, a police risk assessment for protection can include mechanisms such as panic alarms, telephone links to the police station or re-location.