Child Trafficking

Child trafficking occurs when a child is recruited, moved or transported and then exploited, forced to work or sold. Many children are trafficked into the UK from abroad, but children can also be trafficked from one part of the UK to another. Further information can be found on the NSPCC website.

UNICEF UK Report: Identify. Protect. Repeat. How to lead the world in supporting child victims of trafficking:

  • In 2016, almost 50 million children globally were on the move, including 10 million child refugees, 1 million child asylum-seekers and an estimated 17 million children displaced within their own countries.
  • In 2014, children comprised 28 percent of all detected victims of trafficking.
  • Children, especially children travelling alone, are most vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation.
  • The risks of not identifying a child victim of trafficking at the earliest opportunity are significant. As the main purpose of trafficking is exploitation, non-identification results in the exploitation or continued exploitation of children and the trauma and harm that it brings.
  • Children who are not identified may also be punished or criminalised for illegal activities they have been forced to carry out by their traffickers.

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