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Margot Parker MEP - backs international project to end the horrors of child trafficking

Delivered by Margot Parker, on 30 July 2018

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EAST Midlands MEP Margot Parker has backed the World Day Against Trafficking of People.

Mrs Parker called for international communities to join forces to the end the horrors of trafficking, on the day Caritas Internationalis announced the creation of the Euro-Mediterranean project to conduct cross-border research between Caritas organisations in Europe and the Middle East.

Nine national Caritas organisations, (Albania, Bosnia, France, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Ukraine), along with two regional organisations (Caritas Middle East and North Africa, and Caritas Europa) have agreed to analyse the situation of human trafficking - especially of children - in their respective countries and to study the interactions between them.

Mrs Parker said: "The horrors of trafficking has to end.

"In 2016 roughly one in three potential victims of modern slavery were children.

"But, current statistics under-estimate the true scale of what is going on. Only showing what has been reported, and in some cases there are inconsistencies in recording.

"The disappearance of children is a cruel reality of modern day slavery. In 2015 - 10,000 migrant children went missing within Europe, according to Europol.

"All with the prospect of a better life. Instead, headed for a life of domestic servitude, sexual exploitation or child marriage.

"We are letting down these victims, leaving them vulnerable and open to being trafficked and abused.

"A full and frank discussion is needed."


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