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Human Trafficking

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

27. To ask the Solicitor-General what steps the Crown Prosecution Service is taking to improve prosecution rates in cases of alleged human trafficking. (146045)

The CPS is working with other Departments to implement the UK action plan on trafficking which provides for a range of actions on Prevention, Investigation, Enforcement and Prosecution. The CPS has taken the following steps:

A Network of Human Trafficking Champions appointed in each CPS Area;

A Senior prosecutor seconded to the UKHTC (Government’s multi-agency task force to tackle organised immigration crime) to:

provide early tactical legal advice assist in obtaining evidence from other jurisdictions;

issued national guidance to prosecutors on how to handle trafficking prosecutions; and ensured that the victim’s interests are at the heart of any prosecution as part of the Prosecutor’s Pledge.