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Human Trafficking Written Answer, 01/05/14 [E/NI/S/W]

Written Answer given in the House of Commons on 1 May 2014 in response to Angie Bray's (Cons) question asking the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria were used to select organisations or local authorities to pilot the advocacy scheme for trafficked children; how that scheme was commissioned; when such schemes will start in which location and for what duration; and if she will make a statement.

The Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Modern Slavery and Organised Crime, Karen Bradley, replied that the Modern Slavery Bill will enable the Government to strengthen its response to human trafficking and modern slavery for both adults and children. The Government announced in January its intention to trial specialist independent advocates for victims of child trafficking.

23 local authorities have agreed to participate in the trial: Greater Manchester including Manchester City, Stockport, Tameside, Oldham, Rochdale, Bury, Bolton, Wigan, Salford, Trafford; West Midlands including, Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, Wolverhampton; Croydon; Derbyshire; Kent; Lancashire; Oxfordshire; and West Sussex.

These local authorities represent a wide demographic range as well as major transport hubs and asylum screening units. These areas also have the highest rates of trafficking referrals to the National Referral Mechanism or are areas with a high number of trafficking investigations by law enforcement agencies.

The Government remains committed to trialling this approach. It is currently considering bids from a number of voluntary and community services organisations that were identified as potential providers of the advocacy service because of the particular expertise they hold. The outcome of the process will be announced in due course.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the House of Commons Hansard 1 May 2014 which is available from the UK Parliament website.

Further Information

House of Commons Hansard 1 May 2014