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Human Trafficking

Home Department written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Smith Andrew Smith Labour, Oxford East

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people referred to the National Referral Mechanism for victims of trafficking are being accommodated in the prison estate.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

There are currently nine people in the prison estate whose case is in the process of being considered within the National Referral Mechanism.

Crown Prosecution Service prosecutors must consider a range of circumstances to conclude whether the public interest is best served in continuing the prosecution of defendants charged with offences who might be trafficked victims. Where the potential victim of trafficking raises trafficking for the first time when in prison, it is open to their legal representative to make an application to the courts for leave to appeal conviction and sentence.

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