Child slavery is the enforced exploitation of a child for someone else’s gain, meaning the child will have no way to leave the situation or person exploiting them (Anti Slavery International).
When children are trafficked, no violence, deception or coercion needs to be involved, trafficking is merely the act of transporting or harbouring them for exploitative work.
1 in 4 victims of modern slavery globally are children. In the UK, 43% of victims of modern slavery in the UK are children.
Poverty, limited opportunities at home, lack of education, unstable social and political conditions, economic imbalances and war are some of the key drivers that contribute to a child’s vulnerability in becoming a victim of modern slavery.
Over 5 million children are subjected to forced marriage. A pimp (someone who exploits people sexually) can make between $150,000-$200,000 per child every year. The global average age for a sex-trafficked child is 13-14 years old. 50% of sexually exploited children are boys and 76% of transactions for human trafficking with underage girls, start on the internet.
Children are also subjected to forced labour in mining cobalt for our electronics, fishing in Thailand to supply to supermarkets, picking cotton in Uzbekistan for our clothing and palm oil for chocolate companies (to name a few examples).
It is important that we as children know how to stay safe and that is one of the purposes of Stolen Dreams; to educate you, give you tips on how to stay safe and provide you with the tools to take action in helping to end modern slavery in all its forms.
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