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Human Trafficking

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th July 2013.

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Photo of Baroness Doocey Baroness Doocey Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the report Threat Assessment of Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, published on 2 July by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), does not consider trafficking of children from abroad for sexual exploitation; and whether that will be the subject of a separate CEOP report.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

All forms of child trafficking are unacceptable. The reasons for trafficking vary and include sexual exploitation but also organised crime, domestic servitude, and faith-based abuse. The UK Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC) has national responsibility for child trafficking and works closely with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) to share data and co-ordinate the support both provide to UK law enforcement.

The UKHTC is currently compiling the 2012 Strategic Threat Assessment for human trafficking, including child trafficking which, when published, will be available on the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) website.

The CEOP Threat Assessment outlines the four key threats under consideration by CEOP. While that does not address all aspects of threat to children, CEOP remains involved in working with others to tackle the trafficking of children for sexual abuse.

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