The Home Office estimates that 13,000 people are believed to be victims of slavery in the UK. However, the true number of exploited children is probably significantly higher, Khan suggested. “We know the current estimate of the number of trafficked children in the UK is just the tip of the iceberg,” he said. “Due to the secretive nature of trafficking and inconsistency in collecting data across several agencies, it is difficult to definitively estimate the number of trafficked children in the UK. But we do know that many frontline professionals are not aware of the signs of trafficking.”
An interim appraisal of the advocate scheme, being piloted in three regions in the UK, suggests that Albanian children comprise a quarter of all trafficked children being helped by the new service. They are second only to Vietnamese children – forced to work on cannabis farms and in nail bars – who make up more than 30% of the 160 cases overseen by Barnardo’s so far.
Barnardo’s has direct evidence on 160 people but is therefore able to extrapolate out to “Oh, yes, definitely more than 13,000!”?
Yeah, right….and there’s that reference to all those slaves in nail bars again, eh?
Also, it’s not quite children children that we’re talking about:
Most of those helped were aged between 15 and 17, but the Barnardo’s schemes have encountered cases involving children as young as three.
And then there’s these two snippets:
Barnardo’s estimates that just over a third of the children it has helped are trafficked for sexual exploitation,
Kidnapping and deception of young women and girls for commercial sexual exploitation remains the main “recruiting” method used by traffickers. Once transported to the destination country, they are forced into prostitution and brutally abused.
Yep, it’s all about sex!
And yet no one has actually been able to find any sex slaves, have they?