Deportation: Human Trafficking:Written question - 179212

Asked by Rushanara Ali
(Bethnal Green and Bow)
Asked on: 15 October 2018
Home Office
Deportation: Human Trafficking
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what protection is provided to victims of human trafficking to enable them to report trafficking to the police without fear of deportation.
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 23 October 2018

All potential victims of modern slavery who receive a positive ‘reasonable grounds’ decision through the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) are entitled to a comprehensive package of support for a minimum of 45 days, regardless of their immigration status. This includes access to safe house accommodation, support, and medical care including counselling as required.

Those confirmed to be victims through the NRM may be granted a period of leave to remain in the UK if they are helping the police with an inquiry, pursuing compensation, or their personal circumstances merit a grant of leave. Moreover, individuals can apply for asylum if they have a genuine fear of return to their country of origin. All asylum applications are looked at on a case-by-case basis, with caseworkers giving careful consideration to the circumstances of each individual. No one who is found to be at risk of persecution or serious harm in their country of origin will be returned there

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