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Human Trafficking

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many safe houses there are in the UK for victims of human trafficking; and how many trafficking victims these safe houses accommodated in each of the last five years. (155302)

The Government have funded the Poppy project to provide support to adult women trafficked for sexual exploitation since 2003. Poppy has 35 bed-spaces across London and an outreach service. The project accepts referrals from across the United Kingdom. Women who apply for asylum continue to be supported by the project but are accommodated through Asylum Support. Additionally, there are a number of independently funded voluntary organisations that are able to accommodate and support victims of human trafficking for sexual exploitation.

The following table details the number of women supported through the Poppy project in the last five years. Information on the number of women supported by the independently funded voluntary organisations is not held centrally.

Support and accommodation

Outreach support

2007 (January to August)

43

57

2006

40

9

2005

34

1

2004

25

8

2003

25

12