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Children: Rights

Volume 696: debated on Wednesday 14 November 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is their response to Rights Here, Rights Now published in September by UNICEF (UK) and ECPAT (UK). [HL38]

I welcome the report from UNICEF and acknowledge its continuing efforts to help meet our shared goal of putting an end to human trafficking and protecting vulnerable children from this awful crime.

I have read UNICEF's report with interest and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Crime Reduction met the chief executive, David Bull, to discuss its recommendations. We are considering the report in light of our UK action plan on tackling human trafficking and the Government's signature of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.

We are committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of trafficked children discovered in the UK.

We continue to work closely with UNICEF and value its advice as a member of our Inter-Ministerial Stakeholder group on human trafficking.