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Human Trafficking

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those (a) arrested for and (b) convicted of human trafficking offences in the UK were (i) male and (ii) female in each of the last five years. (228299)

Of the 253 people arrested since the inception of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for human trafficking 79 were female and 174 male. Of these nine females have been convicted of human trafficking along with 81 males.

There have been a total of 90 convictions for human trafficking under the Sexual Offences Act. Of these 27 were female and 63 male.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the nationalities were of those (a) arrested and (b) convicted of human trafficking offences in the UK in each of the last five years. (228408)

The nationalities of those arrested and convicted are varied and include people from east Europe, south east Europe, south Asia, China and the far east, and Britain.

More detailed breakdowns of nationality are not yet available. However, work is underway by the UK Human Trafficking Centre to make details including case outcomes, age, gender and nationality of defendants available in due course.