HC Deb 30 January 2003 vol 398 cc959-60W
Mr. Wood

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to address human trafficking in(a) Europe and (b) throughout the world. [93145]

Mr. Mike O'Brien

Organised immigration crime is on of the Government's highest priorities in the fight against organised and international crime. A multi-agency task force, known as 'Reflex', co-ordinates UK action against organised immigration crime. Since April 2002, 17 organised crime groups have been disrupted and a further 69 investigations are on-going. In addition to contributing to the work of the UN, OSCE, IOM and others on this issue, the UK has contributed over £600,000 in the last three years to assist partners worldwide in tackling this criminal trade.

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