Seperating children from their parents sounds bad but seperating children from their traffickers is right and proper.
Children are recruited, moved or transported and then exploited, forced to work or sold.
Children are trafficked for:
- child sexual exploitation
- benefit fraud
- forced marriage
- domestic servitude such as cleaning, childcare, cooking
- forced labour in factories or agriculture
- criminal activity such as pickpocketing, begging, transporting drugs, working on cannabis farms, selling pirated DVDs and bag theft.
Two days ago in the US, Police rescued 25 immigrants, including 2 children, from a human trafficking operation.
300,000 children in the United States are prostituted each year; are victims of child sex trafficking. The number is disturbing, to say the least. 2 million.
2 million children are victims of child sex trafficking each year across the globe. The number is staggering, and hard to believe. Yet, the numbers are true and society as a whole seems to look the other way.
The NSPCC has lots of information on the trafficking of children here.
The US policy in regard to illegal immigrants is that the adults go to jail and the children are put in a crèche. This was the policy of the Clinton and Obama administrations and is also rightfully the policy of the Trump administration.
By seperating adults from children, by talking to the children, it can be established who were brought in by their parents and who were brought in by traffickers and as the traffickers are already in jail, it’s easier to prosecute them for their vile offence.