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People Trafficking

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have received evidence, including reports in the Observer and Guardian newspapers, to suggest that victims of trafficking to Britain for sexual purposes are getting younger, or that British paedophile rings are bringing girls into this country; and, if so, what preventive measures they will take.

Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Security and Counter-terrorism), Home Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Security and Counter-terrorism)

The Government are aware of a small number of young girls being rescued during a recent police led operation. However, CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre) advises that they have no evidence to suggest that victims of trafficking into the UK are getting any younger or that there is a trend towards British paedophile rings encouraging girls to travel to the UK.

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