Even though 10 children are trafficked every week in the UK, a new poll sponsored by UNICEF UK has found that a majority of the British public do not see the country as a hotspot for child trafficking.
The poll results come as MPs release a report recommending that the upcoming Modern Slavery Bill needs to be strengthened to protect victims of trafficking.
UNICEF UK warns that potentially thousands more trafficked children remain unidentified in the UK, facing a life of violence, exploitation and abuse.
Even when trafficked children are identified they remain vulnerable and separated from their families. They face frightening interviews with various authorities and don’t always receive the protection they need. 3 out 4 those polled said that giving these children a legal guardian was the "right thing to do".
Anita Tiessen of UNICEF UK said: "We're calling on the UK Government to ensure guardians are included in the Modern Slavery Bill, so that trafficked children are protected by law and have a chance to rebuild their lives. Guardians must be independent, established in law and given legal powers so that children get the support they need to stay safe."
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