Human Trafficking

Home Department written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Anthony Steen Anthony Steen Conservative, Totnes

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 31 January to question 118556, how many people were charged with offences related to trafficking of people in England and Wales in each year since 2000; and how many were charged under immigration legislation.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

holding answer 22 February 2007

Information on charging is not held within the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. The following table has been provided by the Crown Prosecution Services; it shows the number of charged offences under s57, s58 and s59 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003; and s25 Immigration Act 1971 for offences of trafficking people reaching a first hearing in 2005 and 2006. Any offences under s4 Asylum and Immigration Act 2004 would also be relevant to the hon. Member's question, but no such offences were recorded during the two years in question.

Number of charged offences under s57, s58 and s59 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003; and s25 Immigration Act 1971 for offences of trafficking people reaching a first hearing for 2005 and 2006
Statute 2005 2006
Sexual Offences Act 2003 s57 15 14
Sexual Offences Act 2003 s57(1) 23 7
Sexual Offences Act 2003 s58 12 34
Sexual Offences Act 2003 s58(1) 7 16
Sexual Offences Act 2003 s59 0 2
Sexual Offences Act 2003 s59(1) 0 1
Immigration Act 1971 s25(1) 209 225
Immigration Act 1971 s25(1) and (6) 233 236
Immigration Act 1971 s25(l)(b) 12 5
Immigration Act 1971 s25(l)(c) 34 5
Immigration Act 1971 s25A and 25(6) 24 32
Immigration Act 1971 s25B(1) and 25(6) 2 0
Immigration Act 1971 s25B(3) and 25(6) 11 4
Total 582 581
Note:

Figures represent numbers of offences reaching a first hearing

Source:

Offence Based universe of CPS (Crown Prosecution Services) Compass Management Information System

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