Human Trafficking

Home Department written question – answered on 4th March 2008.

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Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) arrested and (b) convicted for human trafficking offences in (i) Cambridgeshire, (ii) Peterborough and (iii) the UK in each of the last five years.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 came into force on 1 May 2004. 232 arrests have been made for human trafficking offences with 134 being charged with trafficking and trafficking related offences. Conviction figures under dedicated trafficking legislation for the United Kingdom are as follows:

Number of convictions
2004 3
2005 21
2006 30
2007 17

There have been six arrests in Cambridgeshire all of which took place in 2007-08 all of which are being processed through the criminal justice system.

There are no figures available in relation to the number of arrests in Peterborough specifically.

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