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Immigration Enforcement 
Sandford House 
41 Homer Road 
B91 3QJ 
M Esslemont 
Monday 5 August 2019 
Dear M Esslemont, 
Re: Freedom of Information request – 54439 
Thank you for your email of 7 July, in which you ask for the number of potential victims of 
trafficking who returned voluntarily between the period of 1 January 2016 and 31 
December 2018 who were at any point held in immigration detention. Your full request can 
be found at Annex A
Your request has been handled as a request for information under the Freedom of 
Information Act 2000. We are now in a position to provide a full reply to your request.  
The data you have requested is set out at Annex B.  The notes to this annex set out the 
criteria by which the data has been extracted.  Please note that the data has been taken 
from a live operational database, is subject to change and has not been assured to the 
standard of Official Statistics.  
If you are dissatisfied with this response you may request an independent internal review 
of our handling of your request by submitting a complaint within two months to, quoting reference 54439. If you ask for an internal 
review, it would be helpful if you could say why you are dissatisfied with the response.  
As part of any internal review the Department's handling of your information request would 
be reassessed by staff who were not involved in providing you with this response. If you 
were to remain dissatisfied after an internal review, you would have a right of complaint to 
the Information Commissioner as established by section 50 of the FOIA. 
Yours sincerely 
Immigration Enforcement Secretariat 

Annex A 
Re: Freedom of Information request – 54439 (M Esslemont) 

From: M Esslemont [] 
Sent: 07 July 2019 18:12 
To: FOI Requests 
Subject: 54439 - Freedom of Information request - Voluntary removals of potential 
victims of trafficking 
Dear Home Office, 
Thank you for the information provided in comparable requests regarding detention 
and removal of potential trafficking victims (both voluntary and enforced). 
Please provide the number of potential victims of trafficking who were voluntarily 
returned between the period of 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2018 who were at any 
point held in immigration detention (Immigration Removal Centres). Please 
disaggregate this figure according to year (2016, 2017 and 2018). 
Yours faithfully, 
M Esslemont 

Annex B 
Re: Freedom of Information request – 54439 (M Esslemont) 
Please provide the number of potential victims of trafficking who were voluntarily returned between the period of 1 January 2016 and  
31 December 2018 who were at any point held in immigration detention (Immigration Removal Centres). Please disaggregate this figure  
according to year (2016, 2017 and 2018). 
Our records indicate that… 
Table 1 - Number of Voluntary Returns between 01/01/2016 and 31/12/2018 of individuals whose latest NRM case outcome prior  
to return was a positive Reasonable Grounds (RG) decision, and who were detained in an Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) at  
any point before return 

Number of Voluntary 
Year of Return 


These statistics have been taken from a live operational database. As such, numbers may change as information on that system  
is updated. 

Data extracted on 17/07/2019 
Data shows the number of Voluntary Returns. Individuals may have multiple returns during this period, therefore the figures presented  
may not reflect the number of people returned.  
Voluntary Returns have been included only where the most recent trafficking outcome on or before the return date was a positive  
Reasonable Grounds (RG). 
The trafficking data used has been restricted up to 31/12/2018 only, therefore the RG decision may have been given a significant period  
of time before the return date. 
The period of detention is at any point before the return date, therefore may be a significant period of time before either being referred  
into the NRM and/or the return date. 
Please note that these figures do not show the number of Potential Victims of Trafficking that have been held in immigration detention,  
as the figures may include individuals where the event(s) which instigated the NRM referral occurred after their release. 
Data includes individuals detained in Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs) only.