People Trafficking

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:29 am on 23 June 2005.

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Photo of Baroness Scotland of Asthal Baroness Scotland of Asthal Minister of State (Criminal Justice and Offender Management), Home Office, Minister of State (Home Office) (Criminal Justice and Offender Management) 11:29, 23 June 2005

My Lords, the noble Lord is absolutely right. I do share his passion and concern for issues which involve abuse of children, because we all find them abhorrent. I reassure the noble Lord that these issues are being taken absolutely seriously. It was for that reason that the Metropolitan Police carried out the review that we spoke about on the most recent occasion that we discussed this issue. These matters are being pursued.

Groups have been set up and I shall attend a meeting today with my honourable friend in another place, the Minister for Children, to discuss some of the matters that we could do together in that regard. I can assure the noble Lord that everything is being done to pursue this matter with appropriate vigour.