People Trafficking

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st June 2011.

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Photo of Baroness Benjamin Baroness Benjamin Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the context of the European Directive on Human Trafficking, what they are doing to ensure that the requirement under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child to protect the best interests of the child are being adhered to.

Photo of Baroness Browning Baroness Browning Minister of State (Home Office)

The Government are committed to tackling human trafficking. We are determined to build on the UK's strong track record in supporting victims and fighting traffickers.

The Government are a signatory to the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and takes their obligations under the Convention seriously. We will always ensure that the best interests of the child are given primary consideration in decisions concerning children.

The Government will shortly be applying to the European Commission to opt into the European Directive on Human Trafficking. If the application is accepted, Government will then work with the Commission on implementation of the directive. Consideration of our obligations under UNCRC will be an important part of this process.

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