Human Trafficking (2946_17)

Request

1)How many times has the force been called out to an address because of concerns that people have been trafficked to the force area in the last three years? I mean – 12167 – Arrange or facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation.

Please break these down by year (March 2014-February 2015 inclusive; March 2015-February 2016 inclusive; and March 2016-February 2017 inclusive) and show which beat or Neighbourhood Policing Unit area they are in?

2)For the same time frames (March 2014-Feb 2015; March 2015-Feb 16; March 2016-Feb 2017) please outline the number of people arrested for kerb-crawling, and the location of the arrest if possible.

3)Finally, I would like to find out how many sex workers you have arrested or cautioned during the same time frames, and in which Neighbourhood Policing Unit were found. I mean someone who is paid for sex, i.e. a prostitute or escort. I mentioned sex worker as in the past, its often preferred term within forces

Response

1)How many times has the force been called out to an address because of concerns that people have been trafficked to the force area in the last three years? I mean – 12167 – Arrange or facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation.

Please break these down by year (March 2014-February 2015 inclusive; March 2015-February 2016 inclusive; and March 2016-February 2017 inclusive) and show which beat or Neighbourhood Policing Unit area they are in?

Please find attached our response and note that data relating to 12167 – Arrange or facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation, is only held since September 2015

2)For the same time frames (March 2014-Feb 2015; March 2015-Feb 16; March 2016-Feb 2017) please outline the number of people arrested for kerb-crawling, and the location of the arrest if possible.

There is one arrest for kerb crawling, this was in July 2014 (HOMC/HOOC – 165/01) in Birmingham South, Windham Road

3)Finally, I would like to find out how many sex workers you have arrested or cautioned during the same time frames, and in which Neighbourhood Policing Unit were found. I mean someone who is paid for sex, i.e. a prostitute or escort. I mentioned sex worker as in the past, its often preferred term within forces

Please find attached our response
Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.
If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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Yours sincerely,

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