You may be wondering, “But how could a child possibly end up trafficked in the UK?”
Many are boys and girls from other countries who are lured to the UK under false pretenses. The promises of a better life turn out to be lies. Some trafficking victims are undocumented immigrants already living outside of the view of law enforcement officials.
Others are British children. They’re runaways or homeless young people who end up in the hands of traffickers who see them as a means to a monetary end. Occasionally, children are kidnapped and trafficked. Children in the foster care system may move from home to home so often it is difficult to keep tabs on them. These groups of children can easily slip through the cracks, ending up in trafficking situations.
Read this story, of a young British woman who was trafficked for years, and see if you can identify any contributing factors that we just talked about.
Through years of working with rescued children, we’ve found that restoration IS possible. We’ve worked with children who have regained their ability to dream about the future. We’ve helped these children re-imagine their future, rediscover their humanity and experience childhood. It’s not easy, but healing is an achievable goal.
WATCH A UK SURVIVOR STORY TO SEE HOW LOVE146 HELPS YOUNG PEOPLE RECOVER IN THE UK.
The stories of children caught in trafficking and exploitation are terrible. For some of us, the depth of pain and torment is difficult to process. Just imagining what they’ve gone through affects us deeply. But, as hard as it is to hear these stories, it is good for us to do so, because by hearing these stories, we become aware, and awareness leads to action.