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People Trafficking

Volume 700: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What provisions are in place to encourage brothel owners to approach the police with evidence of trafficking in women. [HL2696]

We would encourage anyone with evidence of human trafficking to report their suspicions to the police either directly or via Crimestoppers, which provides a confidential way of reporting any concerns held.

However, there are no provisions in place that are aimed specifically at those who manage or assist in the management of a brothel, which in itself is an offence under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and is often used in cases of trafficking for sexual exploitation.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many prosecutions for trafficking there have been under UK Pentameter 2; and how that compares with UK Pentameter 1. [HL2697]

Pentameter 2 is still ongoing. Operational results will be released following the completion of the operation.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Of the 134 people charged under UK Pentameter 1, how many were convicted; and what sentences they received. [HL2698]

It is not possible to separate those whose convictions result from Pentameter and those who have been arrested and convicted outside of the timescale of that particular operation.

However, there have been 75 convictions for human trafficking offences to date.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many staff each police force has dedicated to working on UK Pentameter 2. [HL2699]

Operation Pentameter 2 is still ongoing. The operational deployment of officers is a matter for the chief constables of each force and as such the Home Office does not hold this information centrally.