Human Trafficking

Home Office written question – answered on 22nd September 2020.

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Photo of Alex Norris Alex Norris Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who had been identified as trafficked used her Department’s Voluntary Returns Service during (a) 2017, (b) 2018 and (c) 2019; and which were the top five countries they returned to.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Home Office publishes statistics on all types of removals from the UK which includes voluntary departures. The latest statistics are available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/immigration-statistics-year-ending-june-2020

Table Ret_D01 shows returns from the UK by type. The Home Office holds data on those identified as having been trafficked into the UK, but not in a format which can easily be reported. To provide the data requested would require examination of individual case files which could only be done at prohibitive cost.

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