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Human Trafficking

Home Department written question – answered on 9th March 2009.

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Photo of Christopher Huhne Christopher Huhne Shadow Home Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of people-trafficking-related (a) investigations, (b) trials and (c) convictions have been brought about as a result of the activity of the Metropolitan police human trafficking unit in each year since its inception.

Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Home Secretary

The data provided by the UK Human Trafficking Centre indicate that of the 92 convictions secured for human trafficking offences 28 have been as a result of operations by the police in the Metropolitan Police Service area. It is not possible to break down the number solely related to the work of the Met's trafficking unit as operations against this crime often involve officers from the boroughs, the Clubs and Vice Unit, as well as from the joint operations involving UKBA staff.

The number of convictions by year is follows:

2004 1
2005 10
2006 10
2007 1
2008 6

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