Human Trafficking

Justice written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Anthony Steen Anthony Steen Conservative, Totnes

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to establish more refuges for victims of trafficking throughout the UK.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

This year we are investing a further £1.3 million into the Poppy project to support women trafficked into sexual exploitation. This covers the core bespoke support services, the outreach service and the continuation of the capacity building work that started during Operation Pentameter II which resulted in service level agreements being put in place with other women's refuges across the country.

The Government have given their commitment to ratify the Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Beings by the end of the year. This will require us to enhance our existing arrangements by continuing to build capacity to support these victims and to develop support arrangements for victims trafficked into forced labour.

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