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Human Trafficking: Sentencing

Justice written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of Jack Dromey Jack Dromey Shadow Minister (Housing)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to increase the length of sentences for traffickers in forced labour cases for the purposes of ensuring that sentences passed (a) reflect the seriousness of the crime committed and (b) are significant enough to act as an effective deterrent.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

The offences of trafficking people for exploitation, trafficking people for prostitution and trafficking people for sexual exploitation all carry a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment, which reflects the seriousness of these crimes. Within the maximum penalty, sentencing is entirely a matter for the courts, taking account of all the circumstances of each case and any relevant sentencing guidelines and case law.

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