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Trafficked Women

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

7. To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what arrangements are in place to provide a recovery and reflection period for women who are found to have been trafficked into the UK. (228321)

In addition to the normal asylum and humanitarian routes, victims of trafficking are provided with a 30-day reflection period and extended stay and support is available if they co-operate with a criminal investigation. The Government have committed to ratify the Council of Europe Convention Against Trafficking in Human Beings by the end of the year. This will see the introduction of a 45-day minimum recovery and reflection period for all identified victims and temporary one-year renewable residence permits in certain circumstances.