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People Trafficking

Volume 688: debated on Tuesday 23 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many prosecutions and how many convictions there have been in (a) Scotland, and (b) Northern Ireland for trafficking for (i) sexual exploitation, and (ii) labour exploitation in each year since records have been kept. [HL1236]

Trafficking for sexual exploitation was made a specific offence by Section 22 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003. Trafficking for any purpose, including that of labour exploitation, was made a specific offence by Section 4 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants) Act 2004. There have been no recorded prosecutions or convictions under these Acts in either Scotland or Northern Ireland. No statistics on convictions for human trafficking are available prior to the introduction of this legislation.