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Human Trafficking: Prosecutions

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were prosecuted for offences relating to the trafficking of human beings for (a) the sex trade and (b) illegal labour in each year since 1997. (241045)

Human trafficking was criminalised with the introduction of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants) Act 2004.

While the numbers of prosecutions for the offences of human trafficking is not held centrally by the Home Office there have to date been 92 convictions for trafficking for sexual exploitation and four for trafficking for forced labour.