Bishop of Derby asks Government for figures on human trafficking offences (Written Question)

On 17th December 2013, the Bishop of Derby received an answer to a written question on human trafficking.

Bishop of DerbyThe Lord Bishop of Derby: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were arrested, prosecuted and convicted for human trafficking-related offences in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

The Advocate-General for Scotland (Lord Wallace of Tankerness): Information on the number of arrests made by the police for human trafficking offences is not held centrally and could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.

Crown Prosecution Service data is available through the Case Management System (CMS) and associated Management Information System (MIS). The CPS collects data to assist in the effective management of its prosecution functions. The CPS does not collect data which constitute official statistics as defined in the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. Official criminal justice statistics are published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The CPS does however maintain a central record of the number of cases flagged as involving human trafficking where there have been prosecutions, including convictions, by way of a monitoring flag, introduced in April 2010. The flag is applied at the onset of a case; and remains in place even if the charges are subsequently amended or dropped.

The number of human trafficking flagged prosecutions and convictions for the last three calendar years for which data is available, is as follows;

Convictions   Unsuccessful                       TOTAL
2010 43 70.5% 18 29.5% 61
2011 98 67.1% 48 32.9% 146
2012 103 69.6% 45 30.4% 148

These figures should be used as an indicative guide only for the reasons set out above.