Child trafficking Who is affected
Boys and girls of all ages are victims of trafficking. Children who have been trafficked may be from the UK or may have been moved from another country.
What puts children at risk of trafficking
Human trafficking happens due to:
- inequalities between countries, such as different education or employment opportunities
- the effects of war
- demand for cheap or free labour or a workforce who can be easily controlled and forced into criminal activity
- low levels of education
- lack of equal opportunities, discrimination or marginalisation.
However, there are some issues that particularly affect children, such as:
- ineffective or no child protection services
- social customs like children being expected to respect and follow the adult in charge
- failure to uphold children's rights.
How Childline can help
Real life stories of children who've been trafficked
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Find out how you can help protect children who have been trafficked or are at risk of child trafficking.
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