Child Trafficking

Trafficking in Persons Report 2010

Tenth Trafficking in Persons Report is already available. The report, issued by the U.S. Department of State, estimates the number of children and adults being forced into labour or prostitution all around the world on 12,3 million. The report is the most comprehensive and up-to-date international document referring to human trafficking. It covers 177 countries and different aspects of the phenomenon. The aim of the report is to raise awareness of the worldwide existence of human trafficking and to initiate actions that will lead to its elimination.

Protection of unaccompanied minors in EU

On 6 May European Commission adopted Action Plan on Unaccompanied Minors with an aim to increase protection of minors without care entering EU, to ensure that a decision regarding each minor is taken by a competent authority as soon as possible and to create a common European approach regarding this issue.
Minors arrive to EU for a number of different reasons, for example to escape wars, poverty or discrimination. Some are victims of trafficking. According to Eurostat in 2009 10 960 unaccompanied minors applied for refugee status in 22 Member States, that is 13% more compared to 2008.

Czech Republic: Don’t turn a blind eye to child abuse!

Our Child Foundation from Czech Republic is running "Red Card for Child Abuse" campaign as part of its efforts to protect children. The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness among the general public regarding the various forms of psychological and physical abuse children face in the Czech Republic, including the commercial exploitation of children, child pornography, prostitution, and child trafficking. The overall aim of the campaign is to reduce the number of children suffering from these forms of abuse in the country. Additionally the goal is to inform the public about the statutory obligation to notify authorities about the cases of child abuse.

Conference on refugee and asylum-seeking children in UK

BASPCAN AND UCLAN conference "Issues in safeguarding refugee and asylum-seeking children" will take place on 15th April 2010 in University of Central Lancashire in Preston, UK.

The aim of the event is to focus on the particular challenges of safeguarding foreign children - both those who arrive in UK with their families and those who are unaccompanied. It will bring together scholars and practitioners, as well as campaigners for the rights and wellbeing of young refugees.