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Trafficked Women: Regional Refuge Centres

Women and Equality written question – answered on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if the Government will bring forward proposals to establish regional centres to provide refuge, rehabilitation and support for women trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

Photo of Barbara Follett Barbara Follett Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Government Equalities Office

The Government have funded the Poppy Project—which takes referrals from all regions in the country, since 2003. It provides refuge and comprehensive support for women trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation. The project received additional resources during our recent national campaign, Operation Pentameter 2, to identify trafficked women and apprehend traffickers, which it used to develop partnerships with 17 third-sector organisations to enable them to better support trafficked women locally.

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