Human Trafficking: Children

Home Office written question – answered on 16th October 2014.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many British children were recorded as having been trafficked for sex and labour in each year since 2010.

Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker The Minister of State, Home Department

The National Referral Mechanism was established in 2009 and is managed by the National Crime Agency’s UK Human Trafficking Centre. The Centre uses the mechanism to collect data on potential victims of trafficking, including a breakdown of child referrals by type of exploitation.

Published data from this source show a total of 22 referrals of UK national children for sexual exploitation in 2012, and 56 in 2013.

The published data for sexual exploitation of UK national children prior to 2012 and for labour exploitation for the period requested are not broken down by UK national/non-UK national.

Statistics are published on the National Crime Agency website:

Archived statistics are published on the National Archives website:

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