Human Trafficking: Organs

Home Office written question – answered on 19th October 2018.

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Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Labour, Gedling

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the proportion of human trafficking cases that are linked to organ harvesting; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Labour, Gedling

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with European counterparts on the proportion of human trafficking that is linked to organ harvesting; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

There have been no confirmed cases of organ harvesting in the UK. The threat of organ harvesting is likely to be used by traffickers as a form of coercion and control in other forms of trafficking.

There have been a very small number of instances of organ harvesting reported through the National Referral Mechanism (6 conclusive ground decisions in total), but these relate to instances where victims felt they were at risk of organ trafficking, rather than attempted or confirmed cases.

Our threat assessment on the scale and nature of human trafficking, including organ harvesting, is kept under regular review, informed by liaison with European counterparts.

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