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Wednesday 30 July 2003
 
Child trafficking
 
Children The United Nations children's organisation, UNICEF, has warned that thousands of children are being brought into Britain against their will to work in the sex trade or as cheap domestic helpers. This report from Neil Bennett:
 
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UNICEF defines child trafficking as the transportation and exploitation of unwilling or unknowing victims. The organisation believes that thousands of children are being brought into the UK every year from Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia.

They are forced to work as prostitutes, domestic servants or in various forms of criminal activity. In recent months cases have emerged in Newcastle and Nottingham, suggesting that traffickers are targeting places where the authorities may be less aware of such activities.

The UN says that the government should make it a criminal offence to traffic a child for any purpose and should provide money from central funds to help the victims.
 
 
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trafficking
 
illegal trade or movement of people, animals, weapons or drugs
 
exploitation
 
unfair use of someone’s work giving little in return
 
unwilling
 
not wanting to do something
 
unknowing
 
not realising that something is happening
 
emerged
 
become known after an investigation
 
traffickers
 
people who trade or move people, animals, weapons or drugs illegally
 
targeting
 
aiming to affect
 
the authorities
 
official organizations or government departments that have power to make decisions
 
criminal offence
 
a crime
 
central funds
 
government sources of money
 
 
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