Iraq: Human Trafficking

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered at on 5 December 2011.

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Photo of Mark Pritchard Mark Pritchard Conservative, The Wrekin

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Iraq on (a) tackling trafficking for sexual exploitation and (b) providing support to victims of human trafficking.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

We have not made specific representations to the Government of Iraq on human trafficking, however, the UK continues to co-ordinate closely with the international community in Iraq on this issue. UK officials regularly attend a ‘Trafficking in Persons’ working group in Baghdad along with officials from the Government of Iraq and international partners. The group has been looking at a draft Iraqi law on Trafficking in Persons, which is expected to be passed in the near future.

More generally, we continue to monitor closely the situation facing women in Iraq. Some of the most vulnerable are those who have been victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation. In the Kurdistan region of Iraq, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is funding a project providing training for staff working in four shelters which provide protection to vulnerable women, including those who are victims of trafficking.

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