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S5W-18569: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 4 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many children have been identified as victims of human trafficking in each of the last 10 years.

Answered by: Maree Todd 18 September 2018

The Council of Europe Convention on Action against Human Trafficking came into force on 1 February 2008 and the Convention was ratified by the UK Government in December 2008.

Prior to 2009, potential victims of human trafficking under the age of 18 where identified by local authorities and Police Scotland. The number of children who have been identified as victims of human trafficking are not held centrally by the Scottish Government for this period.

In 2009, as part of its implementation of the Convention, the UK Government set up the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), a procedure for identifying victims of trafficking and providing support. The NRM is operated by the Home Office. Potential victims of human trafficking under the age of 18 are automatically referred into the NRM process.

NRM statistics on the number of children identified as victims of human trafficking from 2009 are available at:

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130812095745/http://www.soca.gov.uk/about-soca/about-the-ukhtc/national-referral-mechanism/statistics .

NRM statistics on the number of children identified as victims of human trafficking from 2012 until present are available at:

http://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/publications/national-referral-mechanism-statistics .