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Human Trafficking

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress her Department has made on implementing the UK action plan on human trafficking. (166336)

Many of the actions in the UK Action Plan have been completed or are in the process of implementation. As implementation progresses the Plan will be updated and revised. The Inter Departmental Ministerial Group on Human Trafficking meets quarterly to monitor implementation of the Action Plan and updates on progress are also provided to the Ministerial NGO Group on human trafficking.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her estimated timetable is for full implementation of the UK action plan on human trafficking. (166410)

[holding answer 20 November 2007]: Each action point in the Action Plan contains an estimated timetable for implementation. The Action Plan is a living document and as implementation progresses the Plan will be updated and revised. The Inter Departmental Ministerial Group on Human Trafficking meets quarterly to monitor implementation of the Action Plan and updates on progress are also provided to the Ministerial NGO Group on human trafficking.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the outcomes of Operation Pentameter (a) 1 and (b) 2 were in relation to trafficking. (170218)

Pentameter 1 resulted in the rescue of 88 victims (12 of which were children) from 22 different countries (primarily Eastern Europe, China/South-East Asia, Africa or Brazil); 232 people were arrested and 134 charged with a variety of offences.

Pentameter 2 is still ongoing. Operational results will be released following completion of the operation.