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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2011, Official Report, column 54W, on human trafficking, what costs were associated with the operation of the Metropolitan Police's trafficking victim helpline in (a) October 2011 and (b) each financial year since it was created.
The Metropolitan Police Service's trafficking free phone line cost £128.40 to install and has been operational since April 2011. The first-year costs are currently calculated at £189 or £15.75 per month. Staff costs are nominal. Approximately 40 calls have been received on the line since April, of which five have been confirmed as victims of trafficking and referred into the National Referral Mechanism (NRM).