Human Traffic Watch

Gaps in data hindering child trafficking fight

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on December 4, 2013 at 12:06 pm

The UK must immediately introduce an independent Anti-Trafficking Commissioner to improve Government responses weakened by a lack of data on child trafficking, ECPAT UK said in its latest evidence submission to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery.

A comprehensive and ongoing audit of UK responses to child trafficking must also be undertaken to prevent further escalation of the issues and protect vulnerable children.

Many separated children who are trafficked continue to be failed by the systems designed to protect them, despite the existence of key policies and legislation to protect the rights of all children in the UK, regardless of their immigration status or country of origin.

According to ECPAT UK, an Anti-Trafficking Commissioner would play a central role in assessing the effectiveness of these Government interventions, helping to inform improved responses to child trafficking.

Source: ECPAT

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