Child trafficking and modern slavery are child abuse. Children are recruited, moved or transported and then exploited, forced to work or sold.
Children are trafficked for:
- child sexual exploitation
- benefit fraud
- forced marriage
- domestic servitude such as cleaning, childcare, cooking
- forced labour in factories or agriculture
- criminal activity such as pickpocketing, begging, transporting drugs, working on cannabis farms, selling pirated DVDs and bag theft.
Many children are trafficked into the UK from abroad, but children can also be trafficked from one part of the UK to another.
Information on the Indpendent Child Trafficking Advocacy Service is available as well as a sheet that provides guidance on what to look out for. This resource sheet aims to signpost local authorities and practitioners to resources which can support them in their response to child trafficking in their area. It includes good practice guidance produced by Government, as well as guides and toolkits produced by non-governmental organisations, universities and the office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.
As always, if you have any suspicions please contact MARAT on 0161 912 5125 or via email.