5.11.2009

Child traffickers find it easy to operate in UK, say MPs

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/10/child-trafficking-protection-laws
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Child traffickers are targeting the UK because of the ease with which they can move victims through British ports and local authority care homes, the chairman of a parliamentary inquiry into human trafficking has warned.
Keith Vaz, head of the home affairs select committee, said he and colleagues were "very concerned" about low levels of funding for law ­enforcement agencies to fight trafficking, and he called on the ­government to hold an urgent review of the number of foreign children missing from local ­authority care.
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Vaz also said there was "a growing ­connection" between local authority care facilities and trafficking, exemplified he said by the case exposed in the Guardian last week of 77 Chinese children missing from a single care home next to Heathrow airport since March 2006, only four of whom have been found. Two girls had been exploited as ­prostitutes in the Midlands, and others were suspected of having been forced to work in the drug trade and illegal labour.
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