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Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation Arrests 2006-2016

Question

1. The number of arrests broken down by year of the following offences since they came into effect (unless stated otherwise):

• Kerb Crawling - Sections 1of the Sexual Offences Act 1985 (figures from 2004)

• Soliciting in a public place – Section 51A of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (as inserted by Section 19 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009).

• Trafficking for sexual exploitation -Sections 57, 58 and 59 Sexual offences Act 2003, plus Section 59a (in effect from 2013) broken down by section and year.

• Sex with a coerced, deceived or threatened person - 53A of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (as inserted by section 14 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009
Offence of slavery, servitude or forced and compulsory labour - Section 1 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 Human trafficking - Section 2 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015

• Committing an offence with the intention of committing human trafficking - Section 4 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015

2. The number of detained and forfeited vehicles (including ships and aircraft) in relation to trafficking for sexual exploitation by year under each act since they came into effect.

• Forfeiture - Sections 60A of the Sexual Offences Act and Section 11 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015

• Detention - Sections 60B of the Sexual Offences Act and Section 12 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015

3. Current Force Policy documents on Trafficking and Persons Trafficked for Sexual Exploitation.

4. Number of staff (Full time equivalent) dedicated to sex trafficking enforcement and prevention in financial years 2013, 2014 and 2015, broken down by year.

5. Annual Budget allocated to the enforcement and prevention of sex trafficking financial years 2013, 2014 and 2015, broken down by year.

Answer

1. Please find the requested information in the table below.

Offence Group

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Total

Kerb crawling

46

98

96

157

50

0

0

0

0

0

0

447

Soliciting in a public place

0

0

0

0

136

241

135

39

20

15

4

590

Trafficking for sexual exploitation

0

0

0

1

0

1

4

13

7

4

0

30

Sex with a coerced person etc.

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

Slavery, servitude etc.

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

6

Human Trafficking

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

4

Committing offence with the intention of committing human trafficking

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

11

11

Total

46

98

96

158

186

242

139

52

27

21

24

1,089

 

2. No relevant information has been identified.

3. There is no specific force policy on trafficking or person’s trafficked for sexual exploitation. Avon and Somerset Constabulary adopts the College of Policing Authorised Professional Practice (APP) on modern slavery. I have included a link for your reference.

4. We have no staff whose sole role is dedicated to sex trafficking enforcement and prevention. All police staff and officers have responsibility to identify and take action to protect and safeguard individuals and bring offenders to justice. We do have Modern Slavery and Slavery Safeguarding Leads who are trained in making reasonable grounds decisions for trafficked victims.

5. There is no specific funding allocated the enforcement and prevention of sex trafficking other than the Police and Crime Commissioner’s (PCC’s) funding for the charity ‘Unseen’ to support trafficked victims.

FOI reference: 956/16.

Date of request: 24.07.16.