Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Margaret Moran Margaret Moran Labour, Luton South

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on child trafficking in Kashmir in the aftermath of the earthquake.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State (Middle East), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

We are aware of media speculation, but the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan tells us that the claims of child trafficking have not been verified.

Since December 2005 we have been working with the Government of Pakistan to build the capacity of their anti-trafficking units.

We have received no other reports on child trafficking in Kashmir in the aftermath of the October 2005 earthquake.

In November 2006, my right hon. Friend the Minister for Trade (Mr. McCartney) visited a UK-supported centre in Calcutta which supports the rehabilitation of women and trafficked children from South Asia.

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