Seeing the Invisible: Identifying Child Trafficking in the Modern World

13th Feb 2018

While identification of trafficked children has improved, more needs to be done to eradicate the practice. But, with Brexit potentially leading to tighter borders, many more children could be at risk. In 2014-15, 590 children were identified as being trafficked or suspected of being trafficked, with the majority of cases...

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