Slavery: Children

Home Office written question – answered on 12th January 2017.

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Photo of Lord Smith of Hindhead Lord Smith of Hindhead Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children under 16 years of age were, in 2015, removed from premises where they were being exploited as modern slaves or had been victims of people trafficking.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department

Modern slavery including the trafficking of children is an abhorrent crime and this Government is committed to tackling it. The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) is the UK’s approach to identifying and supporting all victims of modern slavery.

In 2015 there were a total of 365 children under the age of 16 who were identified as potentially trafficked via an NRM referral.

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