Human Trafficking

Home Department written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of John MacDougall John MacDougall Labour, Glenrothes

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps she has taken to stop human trafficking; and if she will make a statement.

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

holding answer 14 July 2008

On 2 July we published the update on the United Kingdom Action Plan on Tackling Human Trafficking and on the same day announced the outcomes of Operation Pentameter 2.

The original action plan was published in March 2007. It outlines the Government's end to end strategy to tackle human trafficking and to identify and protect victims. The update reports on progress since then and sets out new actions—85 in total, up from 62 actions originally.

Operation Pentameter 2 was a major success. It resulted in the arrest of 528 people and the recovery of the 167 victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation. A total of 15 victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation were recovered in Scotland.

We remain committed to tackling this horrendous crime and continue to make progress towards our overall aim of ensuring the UK becomes a hostile environment for the traffickers. This will be further reinforced by the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings before the end of 2008.

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