Slavery: Convictions:Written question - 48815

Q
Asked by Diana Johnson
(Kingston upon Hull North)
Asked on: 17 October 2016
Home Office
Slavery: Convictions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions for slavery and human trafficking there have been under (a) each of the old offences before the passage of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and (b) each of the new offences following the passage of that Act in each year since 2009-10; and how many of those convicted were imprisoned for the maximum possible period for each of these offences.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 25 October 2016

The table shows the numbers of defendants prosecuted, convicted and sentenced for slavery and trafficking offences, on a principal offence basis, between 2009 and 2015. The figures do not cover instances where perpetrators of modern slavery have been prosecuted and convicted using non-slavery offences, or where their illegal activities were disrupted by other means.

The criminal justice provisions in the Modern Slavery Act were commenced on 31 July 2015, so prosecutions under the Act only apply to criminal conduct alleged to have taken place since that date. Offences occurring before the commencement of the Modern Slavery Act will still be prosecuted under the previous legislation. Despite the very recent introduction of the new offences and the time it takes for law enforcement to bring complex cases involving modern slavery to trial, 12 defendants had already been prosecuted under the Act in 2015.

Offence category

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Total

Proceeded against

47

31

43

33

60

98

117

Found guilty

25

16

9

13

28

39

31

Sentenced

25

16

9

13

28

39

30

of which were given a maximum custodial sentence (3)(4)

-

-

-

-

1

-

-

Slavery, servitude and forced labour

Proceeded against

-

1

22

4

10

25

30

Found guilty

-

-

1

1

9

8

9

Sentenced

-

-

1

1

9

8

9

of which were given a maximum custodial sentence (14 years) (3)(4)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Trafficking for sexual exploitation

Proceeded against

33

24

10

16

33

49

38

Found guilty

23

10

8

10

12

4

14

Sentenced

23

10

8

10

12

4

14

of which were given a maximum custodial sentence (14 years) (3)(4)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Trafficking for non-sexual exploitation

Proceeded against

14

6

11

13

17

24

37

Found guilty

2

6

-

2

7

27

8

Sentenced

2

6

-

2

7

27

7

of which were given a maximum custodial sentence (14 years) (3)(4)

-

-

-

-

1

-

-

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