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Human Trafficking

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding his Department has allocated to the prevention of crime relating to the trafficking of people from (a) EU member states and (b) other countries in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (282542)

Since the introduction of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc) Act 2004 which criminalised the trafficking of human beings, we have provided the UK Human Trafficking Centre with £5.6 million. Additionally, we fund the Serious Organised Crime Agency, which has organised immigration crime as its second highest priority, with around £400 million per annum.

Funds to these two organisations are not provided on a hypothecated basis in order to allow them the operational and financial freedom to put resources into all work, including prevention on an intelligence-led basis.

Within the existing budget, the UK Human Trafficking Centre has developed the "Blue Blindfold" brand under which future awareness raising and prevention work will take place.