Olympic Games 2012: Human Trafficking
Peter Bone (Wellingborough, Conservative)
To ask the Minister for the Olympics with reference to the answer of 11 November 2009, Official Report, column 373W, on Olympic Games 2012: human trafficking, what progress she has made in developing a plan for action to deter human traffickers from taking advantage of the London 2012 Olympics.
Tessa Jowell (Minister of State, Cabinet Office; Dulwich and West Norwood, Labour)
Major sporting events can be a magnet for the global sex and trafficking industry; this is wholly unacceptable. I am determined that traffickers will not exploit London 2012. My officials have been working with the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police Service on this issue and collectively we are developing a comprehensive plan of action which will build on the considerable expertise the UK has in tackling human trafficking.
Tackling this issue is one of my top priorities. Next month when I attend the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic winter games in Vancouver I will be meeting with key representatives from the agencies responsible for tackling human trafficking and NGO support groups. Ahead of my visit to Vancouver I plan to visit Gatwick airport to view the UK multi-agency response to see how the police, UK Border Force, local social services and NGOs work in partnership to identify and target potential victims of trafficking.
I will ensure that the All-Party Trafficking of Women and Children group receives an update on lessons learned when I return from Vancouver next month.