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Children: Human Trafficking

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent estimate is of the number of child victims of trafficking in the UK. (320757)

The Department does not collect this information which is in any case intrinsically difficult given the hidden nature of the crime. However, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) estimated that around 325 children were believed to have been trafficked into the UK. This was taken from their ‘Strategic Threat Assessment: Child Trafficking in the UK’ published in April 2009. The estimate was derived from data covering the period 1 March 2007 to 29 February 2008.