Great news -the Police have broken an East London Romanian-based Trafficking ring that targeted Roma Children between 3 and 17 years of age and forced them to beg and steal .
Lets just hope that the victims now receive the proper care and the ‘victim-centered’ approach that is said to be a policing priority. The problem is, a lot of the children end up back in the care of their parents, who in many cases are complicit in the trafficking.
“Many parents are told by the gang they can earn money if they give up their child to be taken abroad. The gangs loan them money to pay for the trafficking at an extremely high interest rate, and it can take many years to pay off gangs” with increasing numbers of the children and even entire families becoming debt slaves.
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