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POST-CLIMBIE INVESTIGATION UNCOVERS 'A WIDESPREAD AND LUCRATIVE CHILD SLAVE TRADE'

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An investigation by BBC Radio Four's Today programme, following the death of Victoria Climbie, has uncovered 'a wid...
An investigation by BBC Radio Four's Today programme, following the death of Victoria Climbie, has uncovered 'a widespread and lucrative child slave trade,' taking children from West Africa to the UK, the programme reported this morning.

Like the Climbies, parents are handing over their children in the belief they will have a better life in Europe, but the children are often treated like slaves and abused, the Today report said. The adults who 'adopt' them are also able to exploit the benefit system by claiming child benefit and housing benefit.

Such children rarely come to the attention of social services or the police in this country, and if they do, their complaints of ill treatment are not taken seriously, Today said.
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