Libya: Human Trafficking

Department for International Development written question – answered on 12th September 2017.

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Photo of Paul Masterton Paul Masterton Conservative, East Renfrewshire

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support the victims of human trafficking and exploitation in Libya.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The Department for International Development (DFID) is providing assistance to refugees and migrants at risk of trafficking and exploitation in Libya. So far this year, DFID has supported more than 20,000 emergency interventions such as healthcare, psychosocial support, hygiene kits and safe shelter. The UK Government is also assisting vulnerable migrants with voluntary returns from Libya – so far our support has helped more than 1,200 individuals to return home.

The UK government continues to support the Libyan authorities to tackle smuggling and organised immigration crime. We also continue to press for refugees and migrants in Libya to be treated in accordance with international norms and standards.

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