Barrister, 2-3 Hind Court:
Human trafficking has become a global issue, involving people being transported and sold like commodities, and exploited both violently and sexually. Around 50% of all trafficked victims are children or young people. The impact of trafficking on minors is particularly serious, depriving them of a wide scope of rights, and resulting in the loss of their family, community and sense of self-worth as well as causing both physical and psychological harms. Child trafficking is a form of modern day slavery and it is vital for professionals to develop awareness about it and an ability to identify children who have experienced it. In two consecutive articles, the writer firstly examines the definition and features of trafficking to enable practitioners to identify trafficked children or young people when encountered, and also explores the general backdrop to this phenomenon, why and where it arises, and what factors contribute to it. In the second article, the writer considers some of the valuable resources that can be contacted to help with dealing with potential victims of child trafficking.
The full version of this article appears in the May 2013 issue of Family Law.