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Human Trafficking: Gloucestershire

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what mechanisms are in place to identify people in Gloucestershire who have been trafficked into the UK for the purposes of sexual exploitation. (315883)

As part of our implementation of the Council of Europe Convention, we have enhanced our victim care arrangements by creating a national referral mechanism (NRM) to improve identification and protection of trafficking victims. The NRM is a multi-agency framework that allows for the systematic identification of victims, and provision of support. Central to the NRM process are the competent authorities based within UK Borders Agency and the UK Human Trafficking Centre which are the bodies that decide on whether a referred person is a victim of human trafficking. All forces including Gloucestershire Constabulary have been made aware of the process and the necessary contact details of the decision making bodies.