Slavery

Home Office written question – answered on 23rd February 2015.

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Photo of John Randall John Randall Conservative, Uxbridge and South Ruislip

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any organisations contracted to provide specialist support and accommodation to victims of modern slavery are accommodating victims in hotels or bed and breakfast lodgings for (a) 24 hours or less, (b) one to five days and (c) more than five days; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Karen Bradley Karen Bradley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Government-funded Adult Victims of Trafficking Care Contract is delivered

through The Salvation Army, who subcontract a range of support providers across

England and Wales. One of these support providers provides accommodation

within a commercial hotel, this includes for (a) 24 hours or less, (b) one to

five days and (c) more than five days. Due to the nature of this accommodation

it is only used to accommodate potential victims with lower level support

needs, who are sufficiently independent.

Under the European Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

(ECAT), the Government is obligated to provide potential victims of trafficking

with a recovery and reflection period which includes appropriate accommodation.

All support providers provide regular reports to The Salvation Army on their

compliance with the ECAT obligations. Compliance is monitored by The Salvation

Army, who undertake periodic inspections, including evaluating a sample of

support plans and conducting feedback interviews with potential victims.

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