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Human Trafficking: Essex

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) adults and (b) children in Essex were identified as having been trafficked in each of the last three years; (254782)

(2) what accommodation in Essex his Department and its agencies provide for those identified as having been trafficked into the UK.

The Government fund the Poppy project to provide adult victims that have been trafficked into sexual exploitation with safe, appropriate accommodation and a range of support services. Although the accommodation is based within the London region the project takes national referrals and provides an outreach service. This year’s grant also includes a small flexible budget to temporary accommodate victims with other refuges if the project reaches capacity. We will be expanding the services available to adult victims of human trafficking this year.

Responsibility for the care, protection and accommodation of child trafficking victims falls within the designated responsibilities of local authorities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children under the provisions of the 1989 and 2004 Children Acts.

Central Government do not hold a record on the number of victims identified as being trafficked by region. We are developing a national referral mechanism to help in the identification and referral of all victims under our implementation plans for the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. This will also provide a mechanism for more co-ordinated national data collection on identified victims.