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To The Editor,
I have actively campaigned against exploitation during my time aas an MEP, so I was interested to read that Sicilian police have charged five Romanian men with human trafficking.
Police said the arrests have exposed an organised inter-EU human trafficking operation between Romania and Sicily that is forcing men and women to live in conditions of modern slavery in one of Italy's largest vegetable producing regions.
In 2016 roughly one in 3 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.
Margot Parker, MEP for the East Midlands
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