The most recent news on child trafficking pulled from CASPAR, our current awareness service that keeps you up-to-date with all the new developments in child protection policy, research and practice
The UK Human Trafficking Centre has published its annual assessment of the nature and scale of human trafficking during 2012. Last year, the centre identified 2,255 potential victims of trafficking of which 549 were children.
Source: Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) 03 September 2013
Further information: UKHTC: a strategic assessment of the nature and scale of human trafficking in 2012 (PDF)
The Home Office has published new National Referral Mechanism (NRM) guidance for child first responders. Information covered includes: an outline of the role of a first responder, the use of children’s services and when and how to refer the child to the NRM.
Source: Home Office 28 August 2013
The Court of Criminal Appeal has quashed the convictions of three Vietnamese children who were trafficked to the UK and forced to work in cannabis factories.
Source: Ecpat UK press release 21 June 2013
Further information: England and Wales Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) Decisions
The Joint Committee on Human Rights has published a report on unaccompanied migrant children in the UK. Issues identified include: children being placed in inappropriate accommodation; lack of support from suitably trained staff for victims of trafficking. Recommendations include: addressing the 'culture of disbelief' with regard to the age of migrant children; more effective support for trafficked children to prevent them from entering the criminal justice system as perpetrators.
Source: Joint Select Committee on Human Rights 12 June 2013
Further information: Human rights of unaccompanied migrant children and young people in the UK (PDF)
Platform 51, in partnership with the Department of Health, has produced an e-learning resource to help healthcare staff to recognise the signs of human trafficking and take appropriate action.
Source: E-learning for healthcare 31 May 2013
West Midlands Police have launched the 'Say something if you see something' campaign which alerts hotel workers to the signs of child trafficking and exploitation and urges them to report any guests they suspect might be involved in the crime.
Source:BBC Online 20 May 2013
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has told the Court of Appeal that a 14-year-old Vietnamese boy trafficked to the UK and forced to work in a cannabis factory should not have been prosecuted. He was sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders institution but was later released in to local authority care. He went missing 2 weeks later and is believed to be once again in the control of traffickers.
Source: Wired-gov.net 22 May 2013
Seven members of a sex grooming ring in Oxford have been convicted of crimes including rape, arranging child prostitution and trafficking between 2004 and 2012. The six girls who suffered the abuse were aged between 11 and 15 at the time. The men are due to be sentenced on 26 June 2013.
Source: BBC Online 14 May 2013
The Centre for Social Justice has published a report in to human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the UK. Recommendations include: the appointment of an Anti-Slavery Commissioner to oversee and influence the Government's response to the problem; mandatory training for established and trainee social workers to identify and respond to child trafficking.
Source: Centre for Social Justice 12 March 2013
Further information: It happens here: equipping the United Kingdom to fight modern slavery (PDF)
(Last updated: 05 September 2013)