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Human Trafficking

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether he has had recent discussions with the First Minister on the extent to which people are trafficked between Wales and England for purposes of sexual exploitation. (309358)

While I have not discussed this matter recently with the First Minister, the aim of both Governments is to ensure that we tackle the horrendous crime of human trafficking.

The Government’s comprehensive victim-focused strategy to combat all forms of trafficking throughout the UK is contained in the UK Action Plan on Trafficking first published in 2007 updated in October 2009. This is available at

http://www.crimereduction.homeoffice.gov.uk/human trafficking004.htm

We recognise the vulnerability of children to trafficking to and within the UK and that this can happen for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Following consultation guidance for practitioners on child trafficking has been published by both Governments. This is available at:

http://wales.gov.uk/topics/childrenyoungpeople/publications/trafficked/?lang=en

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