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Human Trafficking

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2010, Official Report, column 414W, on people trafficking, to what overseas projects and non-governmental organisations tackling human trafficking, forced labour and child labour his department provides support. (314203)

The Department for International Development (DFID) is providing the following support to overseas projects and non-governmental organisations tackling human trafficking, forced labour and child labour:

$5.8 million to the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO’s) project on Building a Global Alliance against Forced Labour and Human Trafficking. DFID support has enabled ILO to produce authoritative data on forced and migrant labour, provide training and guidance to labour administration officials and other law enforcement officers, and run projects tackling forced labour and trafficking in many of countries.

£1.4 million to Anti-Slavery International’s Slavery and Child Labour: Governance and Social Responsibility project, which seeks to combat the worst forms of child labour in six countries.

£388,000 to the Salvation Army’s Malawi Anti-Child Trafficking Project which aims to improve knowledge of and access to rights for children in Malawi who have been trafficked or are vulnerable to being trafficked.

£1.6 million to the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) to improve the incomes, working conditions and respect for the rights of millions of poor workers who are employed by suppliers of ETI member companies. All member companies agree to adopt the ‘Base Code of Labour Practice’ which prohibits forced labour and child labour.

In Bangladesh DFID has also supported the establishment of a specialised police unit for combating human trafficking.