Human Trafficking: Convictions

Justice written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) British and (b) non-British citizens have been (i) convicted and (ii) imprisoned in relation to human trafficking offences in each year since 1998.

Photo of Alan Johnson Alan Johnson The Secretary of State for the Home Department

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The offences of trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labour were introduced under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc) Act 2004.

From the commencement of these Acts until the end of 2008 there were a total of 113 convictions resulting in 110 terms of imprisonment. Of those convicted and imprisoned up to the end of 2008, six were British citizens and 107 non-British citizens.

The statistics broken down by year of sentence are as follows:

Total British National Foreign National
2004 3 0 3
2005 21 1 20
2006 29 1 28
2007 22 1 21
2008 38 3 35

Figures for the full year of 2009 are not yet available.

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