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Health Services: Human Trafficking

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Government-funded residential places were available at any one time for women who were victims of human trafficking in each of the last five years. (241541)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Government-funded residential places were available for women who were victims of human trafficking in each month of the last five years. (241804)

I have been asked to reply.

The Government have funded the Poppy project to provide specialist, high-level support to victims of human trafficking for sexual exploitation since 2003. During the piloting of the project between 2003 and 2005, the service provided 25 supported accommodation places on a rolling basis. Funding was increased in 2006 to provide 25 acute places, 10 resettlement places and an outreach service. In 2007 and 2008 the project was provided with an additional small flexible budget to help with capacity building so victims can be temporarily accommodated in other refuges where necessary.

The Poppy project has supported 401 women since it opened in 2003; 210 received supported accommodation and 191 received outreach support. A break-down on occupancy levels by year is not available. Data on the number of victims that have not been able to access the Poppy project due to it reaching capacity in the last five years is not available.

We are currently tendering for a national support service model for victims of human trafficking, which will include an increased number of accommodation places from spring 2009.