Child trafficking At a glance
Child trafficking is child abuse. Children are recruited, moved or transported and then exploited, forced to work or sold. They are often subject to multiple forms of exploitation.
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, 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.
Help and advice
Signs, symptoms and effects
Keeping children safe
Research and resources
If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, phone the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.
What we do about child trafficking
The NSPCC has dealt with overof child trafficking since 2007
Explanation: Between September 2007 and December 2014 the NSPCC’s Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC) dealt with 1,147 cases of child trafficking. CTAC is a specialist service providing information and advice to any professional working with children or young people who may have been trafficked into the UK.
See also: Jutte, S. et al (2014) Indicator 19: child trafficking (PDF) In: How safe are our children? 2014. London: NSPCC.