Human Trafficking: Arrests

Home Department written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of David Davis David Davis Shadow Secretary of State (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) arrested and (b) convicted of human trafficking offences as a result of operations by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency.

Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Home Secretary

The Serious Organised Crime Agency records data on organised immigration crime, including people trafficking and human smuggling. In the first six months of 2007-08, there were 55 arrests and 17 convictions in operations where organised immigration crime was the main threat.

In its 2006-07 annual report, SOCA reported 749 arrests flowing from SOCA casework in the United Kingdom. Of these, 128 were in operations where organised immigration crime was the main threat.

In its 2006-07 annual report, SOCA reported 271 convictions in UK courts. Of these, 31 were in operations where organised immigration crime was the main threat.

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