Further to your email, received 11th October 2013 Please accept my apologies for the delay in providing this response.
These data are the closest we hold to your request. They should not be interpreted as representing anything other than as described in this response.
1. How do the West Midlands police describe sex trafficking?
2.Using your definition, how many cases of sex trafficking has happened in the West Midlands
Over the last five years. I would like these broken down into categories of 2009 to 2013.
3.How many individuals have been arrested for sex trafficking in the West Midlands over the last 5 years (Displayed separately into year categories). I would like these broken down into ethnic groups and age ranges.
4. Of these how many have been convicted of sex trafficking? I would like this broken down into ethnic groups and age ranges.
Please find Attached 4216_attachment_01 pdf our response.
Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of 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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