HL Deb 22 May 2003 vol 648 cc104-5WA
Lord Hylton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will publish a Bill in draft form criminalising trafficking in people for the purposes of exploitation, other than sexual. [HL2874]

Lord Filkin:

In the White PaperSecure Borders, Safe Haventhe Government promised to introduce legislation on trafficking for both labour and sexual exploitation. Offences of trafficking for sexual exploitation are contained in the Sexual Offences Bill currently before Parliament. Legislation covering trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation will be introduced when parliamentary time permits.

The United Kingdom played a key role in the negotiation of the 2002 EU Framework Decision on Trafficking, which commits all EU member states to the introduction of criminal offences covering trafficking for both sexual and labour exploitation. A further framework decision is currently being negotiated covering trafficking in human organs.