Human Trafficking

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 23rd February 2015.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Labour, Sheffield Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2015 to Question 223157, how many times (a) aggravated damages and (b) exemplary damages have been awarded following a civil claim brought by (i) victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation and (ii) victims of trafficking for labour exploitation or forced labour.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

I refer the Hon. Member to my Answers of 2 and 9 February to Questions 221878, 221879, 221883, the answer to which can be found on the Parliamentary website at: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2015-01-23/221878/ and 223157, the answer to which can be found on the Parliamentary website at: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-questions-answers/?page=1&max=20&questiontype=AllQuestions&house=commons%2clords&uin=223157 . Figures in relation to the number of civil claims brought by victims of trafficking and the award of aggravated and exemplary damages are not available. However, we are confident that the courts will award such damages wherever it is appropriate to do so.

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