Trafficking and sex workers

Meeting: 
MQT on 2011-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2011
Reference: 
2011/4122
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

1. How many victims of sex trafficking, discovered in London in last year, have been deported 2. In the last year, and each year since 2007/8 1. How many raids on brothels have been carried out, in each of the London boroughs, by the Met outside of SCD9 work? 2. And how many trafficked victims were found in each borough as a result? 3. How many brothels have been closed down as a result, in each of the London boroughs? 4. How many attacks, rapes or thefts have sex workers reported to the police, in each of the London boroughs? 5. How many trafficking-related offences have sex workers reported to the police, in each of the London boroughs?

Answer

Answer for Trafficking and sex workers

Answer for Trafficking and sex workers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am not aware of any victims of sex trafficking that have been deported since the creation of SCD9 in April 2010.  Prior to the creation of SCD9 the MPS did not have systems in place to capture this data.

In 2010, borough officers made a total of 148 visits to brothel premises for a variety of reasons including anti social behaviour, links to criminality and responses to intelligence.

It is not possible to state accurately how many victims were found in each borough as a result however, considerable intelligence is gathered from these visits which may form the foundations of a proactive investigation into organised criminality or trafficking by SCD9.

In 2010 a total of 55 brothel closure notices were served on brothel premises by borough officers.

From 1st January 2010 to 8 December 2011 a total of 211 crimes are recorded on MPS systems where the victim's occupation was recorded as a sex worker or escort. Of these the vast majority of offences, 139 are rape allegations.

From April 2010 to date SCD9 have investigated 140 cases of trafficking where rape, assault, false imprisonment or other serious crimes have occurred and there is a link to the sex worker industry.