Human Trafficking

Home Department written question – answered on 14th January 2010.

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Photo of Anthony Steen Anthony Steen Conservative, Totnes

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many referrals of potential victims of trafficking to the National Referral Mechanism made since 1 April 2009 have received a (a) positive and (b) negative reasonable grounds decision; and in respect of how many such referrals (i) a decision is pending and (ii) no decision was made.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (the North West), Home Office, Minister of State (the North West), HM Treasury, Minister of State (the North West), Regional Affairs

Between 1 April 2009 and 31 December 2009 there have been 527 referrals made to Competent Authorities within the National Referral Mechanism. The breakdown of Reasonable Grounds decisions are as follows:

Number
Positive 301
Negative 131
Suspended 7
Withdrawn 18
No decision recorded 70
Total 527

'Suspended' cases are where the individual has either absconded or is missing prior to the reasonable grounds decision being made.

'Withdrawn' are where the individual has left the UK prior to the reasonable grounds decision being made.

'No decision recorded' means the decision has not been officially logged with UK Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC). This is where the reasonable grounds decision is either still being considered or where the decision has yet to be recorded on the UKHTC system.

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