Posted by: BPSOS | April 28, 2009

Trafficking News Round-Up: Trafficking of Vietnamese Kids to the UK Continues

uk-flagApril 28, 2009: As many as 325 children, including Vietnamese, are being smuggled into or around the United Kingdom each year for slavery, crime, or prostitution, according to an April 24 BBC article citing the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).

CEOP identified 325 potential victims of child trafficking between March 2007 and February 2008; half were working as prostitutes while others were involved in forced labor and drug smuggling.

Some were found working as forced labor in restaurants, on building sites and in beauty salons, or as domestic servants.

Other countries of origin included China, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Romania.

You can also check out statistics for trafficking of children into the UK, including Vietnamese, in this earlier article in The Guardian.

In that context, it is perhaps not surprising that, as noted in this Time article, the US stopped processing adoptions from Vietnam in early 2008.

The decision to end the processing stems from the US implementation of some provisions from the 1994 Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, a treaty intended to crack down on abduction, exploitation, sale and trafficking of children.

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