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Gary Craig

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847426109

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847426109.001.0001

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Child rights, culture and exploitation: UK experiences of child trafficking

Child rights, culture and exploitation: UK experiences of child trafficking

(p.145) eight Child rights, culture and exploitation: UK experiences of child trafficking
Child slavery now

Bokhari Farhat

Kelly Emma

Policy Press

This chapter analyses the grounded experience of children trafficked into the United Kingdom, including those – such as an identifiable group of girls and young women – who are then trafficked on into other European countries. It uses a child rights perspective based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child to examine dilemmas associated with child trafficking. It is widely believed that hundreds, and more likely thousands, of children are trafficked into the UK annually, and that this is not solely for sexual exploitation but for a much wider range of purposes. The chapter looks at the experience of children trafficked from West Africa into the UK, as well as their exploitation through domestic servitude, private fostering arrangements in the UK, child trafficking for forced marriage, and the link between culture and child trafficking.

Keywords:   United Kingdom, child rights, culture, sexual exploitation, child trafficking, United Nations, West Africa, domestic servitude, private fostering, forced marriage

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