The Court of Appeal has ruled that the Home Office broke human rights law by failing to protect a child trafficking victim, who subsequently went missing. This ruling sends a clear message that we have a duty of care to vulnerable child refugees.
In 2015, British police discovered the minor from Vietnam, who is still missing. He was placed in immigration detention where no age assessment was completed and he was not recognised as a potential victim of trafficking. The case yet again highlights the unacceptable risks faced by migrants, particularly unaccompanied children. For some 300,000 unaccompanied child refugees, the risks of trafficking and forced prostitution or forced labour are extremely high. A recent report by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) found that more than 120 child refugees believed to be trafficked to the UK had gone missing in the year to November 2017.