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Help trafficked children in the UK

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“I was lost; my childhood was stolen. But no-one seemed to want to help me.” – Sophie*, 15, who was sexually exploited for two years

Thousands of children each year like Sophie* are identified as victims of modern slavery and trafficking in the UK. They come from more than a hundred countries, including from within the UK itself. These children are known to be in situations of sexual exploitation, forced labour, criminal exploitation and domestic servitude – and they are some of the most vulnerable in our society, with many being alone in the UK with no family.

Those suspected of being trafficked qualify for support under child protection laws in the UK. However, the level of this support provided is often severely lacking and hugely inconsistent – as highlighted recently in the BBC’s Three Girls documentary about sexual exploitation in Rochdale.

Right now, the Home Office is examining the process for identifying and supporting victims of trafficking. This is our chance to ensure they include adequate provisions for child victims in the UK in their recommendations. We need your help to make sure they listen.

Send an email now to the Home Secretary to demand guaranteed specialist support for trafficked children.

If it is serious about its promise to “defeat modern slavery“, the Government must overhaul the current system of identification and support for victims of trafficking – the National Referral Mechanism (NRM). The new system would have child rights at its heart and ensure nationality and immigration play no part in the identification of risk for children. It would take the form of a local, multi-agency ‘hub’, using trained, child protection actors with expertise in recognising and dealing with children at risk of trafficking and exploitation. Such a ‘hub’ could provide crucial intelligence locally and nationally, and would guarantee each child who has been a victim of modern slavery the specialist support they need.

*real name and image changed to protect her identity.

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19 Comments on "Help trafficked children in the UK"

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It is becoming an epidemic now – trafficking. I am appalled at the deviate behaviour of the people who take part in this horrible crime. The world has become a place where children, women, and men are not safe. I suggest that we boycott the horrid movies and video games that are produced now they are warping the minds of the degenerates.


The degenerates have always been there. Stop going after a scapegoat instead so that you can pretend strength rather than pursue the actual darkness.

Christopher Gates

This type of neglect is prevent amongst many of the systems of local authorities, Police forces and social housing associations, it is easier for them to turn a blind eye than defend the vulnerable victims in society. Its not just those trafficked that are afflicted in this way, there are neighbours, relatives and friends who are equally distressed by the intimations of the monsters doing this. The system acts to deliberately silence those who report incidence.

Dr. T M Murray

The government’s attitides to sex trafficking is almost equivalent to its treatment of battery hens, if not worse. Are women human beings or aren’t they? If they are, then we need to make laws that treat them accordingly.

Harold Rushton

Its just unadulterated vile intolerant Behaviour,and Its Happening in this Country too

Ryan Armstrong

Slavery and trafficking should be stopped anyway but kids slavery and trafficking should never happen full stop! This needs to end now. The people that do this are disgusting uneducated idiots.


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Dear Home Secretary, Sajid Javid MP,

Children suspected of being trafficked qualify for support under child protection laws in the UK. However, the level of this support provided is often severely lacking and hugely inconsistent.

Children who have suffered in situations of exploitation require high levels of dedicated and specialist support in order to meet their needs, help them to rebuild their lives and become young adults. This should include:

  • Multi-agency decision-making about trafficking identification
  • Immediate appointment of an independent legal guardian or advocate
  • Access to specialist accommodation placements (such as specialist foster care)
  • Quick and guaranteed access to specialist psychotherapy/counselling
  • Publicly funded lawyers who are trained in trafficking issues and law relating to children
  • A grant of leave that would ensure a durable solution (for those with immigration concerns)
  • Access to compensation
  • Guaranteed non-prosecution for crimes that were a direct result of any exploitation
  • A multi-agency assessment of re-trafficking risk and subsequent safety plan
  • Automatic special measures in all courts

There is currently no central funding available nationally for the specialist care of trafficked children who are instead supported by local authority children’s services.

We urge you to overhaul the current system of identification/support for victims of modern slavery. We want the Government to ensure the identification process is embedded within existing multi-agency child protection structures and to provide sufficient resources to allow local authority areas to deliver specialist care and support for some of the most vulnerable children in our society.

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