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The Modern Slavery AgendaPolicy, Politics and Practice in the UK$
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Gary Craig, Alex Balch, Hannah Lewis, and Louise Waite

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447346791

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447346791.001.0001

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Child trafficking in the UK

Child trafficking in the UK

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(p.121) Five Child trafficking in the UK
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The Modern Slavery Agenda
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Chloe Setter

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447346791.003.0006

Child trafficking has been noted to have a ‘lower profile’ than that of adult trafficking. However, numbers of recorded child victims are more than a third of the total of those identified in the UK by relevant authorities. Trafficked children have ‘particular vulnerabilities’, as recognised by the European Union (EU) Anti-Trafficking Directive. This chapter explores those specific needs and examines the UK's response to children who have been exploited. It looks at whether the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) works effectively for children and assesses how current policy/practice impacts on this affected group. Ultimately, child trafficking presents a major challenge for those working in the UK to understand, recognise, prevent and respond to. Approaches are often focused on children who have already been exploited and there is far less work done to prevent the exploitation in the first place.

Keywords:   human trafficking, child trafficking, modern slavery, UK policy, National Referral Mechanism

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