Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Police crack down on child slave trade

Full Story: http://www.stopinjusticenow.com/News_0794.htm

Detectives fighting to halt the passage of child slaves through Gatwick are hoping to deter traffickers from operating in Sussex. A total of nine potential trafficking victims have been identified on arrival at Gatwick so far this year, with one later going missing from care. Police are taking the DNA and fingerprints of potential victims so they can be identified if they go disappear. Detective Superintendent Graham Bartlett, who is running Sussex Police's Operation Newbridge to combat people-smuggling, said: "Experience has shown us kids are brought in to move them on into the sex industry, catering industry, domestic slavery. "Whilst we won't prevent the kids coming through we might prevent them coming through Gatwick." The Argus revealed last month that 42 children, many of whom had recently arrived at Gatwick airport from China and Nigeria, went missing from West Sussex between 2003 and 2007. Nationally about 400 children have gone missing from the care of councils based close to ports and airports in the same period. Sussex Police work to an established a profile of potential trafficking victims.

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