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Human Trafficking

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 221880, tabled on 23 January 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases of (a) trafficking for sexual exploitation, (b) trafficking for other exploitation and (c) forced labour, slavery and servitude (i) were prosecuted and (ii) resulted in convictions in 2013.

Answered on

2 February 2015

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates’ courts and found guilty at all courts of offences under Section 71 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (relating to forced labour, slavery and servitude), Section 4 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc) Act 2004 (relating to trafficking for other exploitation) and Section 57 and 59 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 in England and Wales (relating to for sexual exploitation) from 2009 to 2013 can be viewed in the table.

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Defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty of offences under selected legislation, England and Wales, 2009 to 2013 (1)(2)
LegislationOutcome20092010201120122013
Section 71 Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (3)Proceeded against-122410
Found guilty--119
Section 4 Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc) Act 2004Proceeded against146111312
Found guilty72-62
Section 57 to 59 Sexual Offences Act 2003Proceeded against3324101628
Found guilty231081012
'-' = Nil
(1) The figures given in the table relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.
(2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
(3) Offences in section came into force 6 April 2010
Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services - Ministry of Justice.
Ref: PQ 210323 210324 210325