Child trafficking is child abuse. Children are recruited, moved or transported and then exploited, forced to work or sold.

Children are trafficked for:

  • sexual abuse
  • 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.

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Child Trafficking Advice Centre

If you work with children or young people who may have been trafficked into the UK, contact our specialist service for information and advice.

Call us or email help@nspcc.org.uk for more information.

0808 800 5000

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Help and advice

Signs, symptoms and effects

Signs that a child has been trafficked may not be obvious – but you might notice unusual behaviour or events. 
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Keeping children safe

How to help keep children safe from child trafficking
Keeping children safe from child trafficking

Research and resources

Research, reports and resources about child trafficking
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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

Child Trafficking Advice Centre

If you work with children or young people who may have been trafficked into the UK, contact our specialist service for information and advice.

Call us or email help@nspcc.org.uk for more information.

0808 800 5000

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The NSPCC has dealt with over 1,000 cases of child trafficking since 2007

Explanation: Between September 2007 and July 2014 the NSPCC’s Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC) dealt with 1,065 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 et al (2014) How Safe are our children? 2014. NSPCC. Indicator 19

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Child Trafficking Advice Centre

If you work with children or young people who may have been trafficked into the UK, contact our specialist service for information and advice.

Call us or email help@nspcc.org.uk for more information.

0808 800 5000

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