Skip to main content

Human Trafficking

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 29 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals resident in Peterborough constituency have been (a) arrested, (b) charged with and (c) found guilty of offences related to (i) trafficking persons to the UK for the purposes of sexual exploitation and (ii) running a brothel since May 2005; and if she will make a statement. (250834)

[holding answer 27 January 2009]: The Home Office holds figures on crime by force area only and not by residence of offenders.

Records from the UK Human Trafficking Centre show that since May 2005 there have been nine arrests for human trafficking in Cambridgeshire with one conviction for trafficking. Of the remaining eight cases four were not progressed and four convicted of other offences.

Statistics from the Crown Prosecution Service indicate that there have been a total of 48 people charged under sections 33 and 34 (a) of the Sexual Offences Act 1956 since May 2005 in Cambridgeshire whose cases reached first hearing at a magistrates court. CPS does not have data held centrally on the number of convictions.