Trafficking of Women

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Minister for Women – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of Eleanor Laing Eleanor Laing Shadow Minister (Women and Equality) 10:30 am, 7th June 2007

The fact that so many questions about this subject are on the Order Paper shows the strength of feeling in the House, and rightly so. Fortunately, there is no need for the moral debate that took place in the times of Wilberforce, because every Member of the House hates the evil of modern slavery, and we all want to stop it. I commend the Government on what they have done so far, but will the Minister tell the House whether they are taking steps to co-ordinate the powers of the various public authorities who have responsibilities in this matter, such as those relating to police, immigration, licensing, health and safety and so on? Only through an orchestrated approach right across the board will we be able to counteract this dreadful, evil crime.