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People Trafficking

Volume 691: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the value of assets so far seized from those convicted of trafficking in persons; for what purposes this is being used; and whether these purposes include the provision of safe houses for victims of trafficking. [HL2989]

Under Reflex, the last set of figures indicates that we seized £5.5 million in criminal assets in operations against organised immigration crime groups, and during Operation Pentameter over £250,000 was seized.

Under a Treasury agreement, all receipts are remitted to the Home Office. Fifty per cent is returned to front-line agencies under an asset-recovery incentivisation scheme. The remainder contributes to core home-spending programmes. The Home Office has provided funding for protecting the victims of trafficking.