Child trafficking and modern slavery are child abuse. Children are recruited, moved or transported and then exploited, forced to work or sold.
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 and 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.
Information on the Independent Child Trafficking Advocacy Service is available. The NSPCC has a good guide on signs to look for as well as a list of resources.
As always, if you have any suspicions please contact Trafford First Response on 0161 912 5125 or via email.