We’re demanding a Brexit-proof system to protect child trafficking in Europe.
Our Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC) published a report today - Uprooted and Unprotected - which looks at experiences of children moving across borders that are at risk of being trafficked from Northern France into the UK.
The report calls for robust mechanisms to be maintained and developed to ensure children crossing borders will still be protected after Brexit.
Case files from 196 referrals to CTAC between August 2016 and November 2017 were analysed in the report.
The case files show that children:
- were sexually abused in some cases
- were subjected to violence from adult smugglers or traffickers and from police
- slept alongside unrelated adults, or in rat-infested or waterlogged tents
- kept weapons to protect themselves.
The report also highlights that children as young as nine had been moved thousands of miles across borders without their parents, and disappeared from camps with limited attempts from officials to find them.