Help trafficked children in the UK

“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.

  • July 6, 2021: Proposed measures set out in the controversial Nationality and Borders Bill will seriously impact child trafficking survivors and hinder their recovery. Read more here.

  • COVID-19 Update: Our partners at ECPAT UK have warned that the coronavirus lockdown can be incredibly triggering to child victims of trafficking, for whom having limited freedom of movement brings back difficult memories of being under the control of their traffickers. Read more here.

  • February 2020: We’re continuing to call on the UK to give child victims of trafficking a chance to recover and rebuild their lives with our partners, ECPAT UK. Join us and take action today to demand stable futures for young victims.

  • July 17, 2019: Shocking new evidence shows child victims of trafficking in the UK have faced the threat of deportation to countries where they are at risk of being retrafficked and exploited. Read more on the story here.

  • October 18, 2018: On Anti-Slavery Day we joined our partner ECPAT UK on the steps of the Prime Minister’s Office in London to hand in over 120,000 signatures calling for guaranteed specialist support for child victims of trafficking in the UK. Thank you to everyone who added their name!

  • Jul 18, 2017: Campaign Launches

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Jennifer Burnside
1 year ago

This is horrible. I was forced into trafficing as a adult. The scars are very hard to heal and to talk about. For a child who is ment to be protected it is worse. To grow with the wrong type of eww love is inhumain at best. These children need help not addititional fears! A civilized world should not turn a blind eye to one who does and has suffered.
Thank you,
jennifer Burnside

Jane VeganforAnimals,Planet&Health Alexander
Jane VeganforAnimals,Planet&Health Alexander
2 months ago

So sorry to hear of your experience – hope you are managing to heal now. I have written to my MP: Dear Anneliese Dodds,
Please ensure that you speak up for children who have been victims of trafficking at next week’s Borders Bill reading? Trafficked children in the UK deserve stable futures. 
Please demand that the Home Office support trafficked children without further delay
The following measures must be implemented to ensure that child victims of trafficking are able to have stable futures…

Robert Vincelette
1 year ago

The deserved stigma of committing the crime of trafficking children is enough to cause even the most hardened psychopaths such as Jeffry Epstine to commit suicide. Either you are for it or you are against it, there is no in between. Don’t become another Epstine with your tolerance of laws to return children to their human traffickers. Do your duty.

L.Surya Narayana Reddy

Say ‘No’ to these kind of acts of anti-social elements.Punish them rigorously for a better future of society.

1 year ago

I will never understand a person using another person for labor, sex, what ever,. Leaves a scar that is hard to forget for the person being used. This is such a cruel world regarding this subject. I hope more are released and can live a great life after suffering the worse.

anu pande
anu pande
1 year ago

below 18 years – juvenile — law should be different even in common law

Cristina Codina Llavina
Cristina Codina Llavina
2 months ago

Stop trafficking children please.

Ask your MP to help trafficked children

Read the Full Petition Text

Step 1: Find your MP’s twitter handle or email address by typing in your postcode here.

Step 2: Send your MP a message explaining why you want them to support trafficked children in the UK. You can ask your MP to write to the Home Secretary directly calling for the changes below to be implemented.

The more creative your message, the more likely your MP is to respond!

Here’s some text to help you get started:

[Insert MP twitter handle @] can you speak up for #childtrafficking victims at next week’s #BordersBill reading? Trafficked children in the UK deserve #stablefutures. Can you urge @ukhomeoffice to take action to support trafficked children? 

Step 3: Let us know you’ve reached out to your MP by clicking ‘Yes’ below

The following measures must be implemented to ensure that child victims of trafficking are able to have stable futures:

  1. For the UK Government to expand the Independent Child Trafficking Guardian service in England and Wales to all unaccompanied children as well as those already identified as potentially trafficked.
  2. For the UK Government to establish a process to find a long-term, sustainable arrangement for each child victim of trafficking, including providing each child with an immigration decision that is based on their best interests.
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