Human Trafficking

Home Office written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Edward Garnier Edward Garnier Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to encourage the seizure of assets of human traffickers at the point of arrest, rather than conviction.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Modern Slavery taskforce, chaired by the Prime Minister, is coordinating activity across law enforcement agencies to ensure that powers available to disrupt, deter and prevent human trafficking are used to best effect.

This includes powers under Section 12 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to detain vehicles, ships and aircraft from those arrested on suspicion of human trafficking offences and wider powers available under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

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