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'Police didn't help me': Europe ignoring abuse of trafficked Vietnamese children


Thousands of children trafficked from Vietnam to the UK are being abused and exploited in transit through Europe because governments are “passing the buck” on their protection, research has found.

Victims are typically trafficked through eight countries before arriving in the UK, and at each point are vulnerable to labour and sexual exploitation. Yet governments routinely view Vietnamese children as the responsibility of other states, according to a report published on Thursday by Anti-Slavery International, the Pacific Links Foundation and Every Child Protected Against Trafficking UK (Ecpat UK).

As a result, Vietnamese children across Europe are not identified as victims, unable to access protection from their traffickers and vulnerable to further exploitation and abuse, said Debbie Beadle, of Ecpat UK.

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