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Human Trafficking

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to prevent women being trafficked into the UK. (128828)

Poverty and social exclusion make people vulnerable to human trafficking. DFID supports long-term development programmes to help eliminate the underlying causes of poverty.

Most of the poorest people in the world are women and girls. Part of what makes them poor is discrimination because of their gender. DFID is making gender equality a priority across its work. This commitment is set out in our Gender Equality Action Plan. Our programmes are helping to improve the education of girls, and the livelihood opportunities, security and political participation of poor women, so that they are less vulnerable to trafficking.