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.

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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.

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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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We've dealt with over 1,100 cases of 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.

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

0808 800 5000

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