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Human Trafficking: Victims

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent steps his Department has taken to support victims of human trafficking. (316986)

From 2003-09 we invested £5.8 million in the poppy Project to provide specialist support to women trafficked into sexual exploitation only. Over the current and next financial year we have invested an additional £3.9 million in the provision of specialist support to victims of all forms of human trafficking, including victims of sexual exploitation, domestic servitude and forced labour. This includes as a minimum: safe accommodation; advocacy; access to counselling; access to legal advice and interpretative services.

A National Referral Mechanism (NRM) has been put in place to systematically identify victims and refer them to specialist support. Identified victims are granted an extendable 45-day recovery and reflection period in which to consider their options and access specialist support services, and one-year temporary residency permits in certain circumstances.

A victim’s information leaflet, produced in October 2009 is now available in a range of languages. The leaflet provides information for victims on the support available to them, their options and legal rights.