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Greater awareness needed for children exploited through human trafficking

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Children's charity NSPCC Wales has called for greater awareness of children who may be exploited through human trafficking.

This comes as figures from the National Crime Agency has revealed that 26 of the 134 potential trafficking victims referred to authorities in Wales were children.

Parents need to be aware of any warning signs that children are being groomed for human trafficking purposes.

Child trafficking is an under-reported issue with children scared or unable to speak out about what is happening to them.

It's important that through the likes of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons we raise awareness about this issue and encourage victims to come forward.

We want to protect children from trafficking and prevent them from being exploited.

– Des Mannion, head of NSPCC Cymru / Wales

Child trafficking is a form of child abuse and involves children being groomed, recruited and transported across borders or withing countries for the purposes of activities like forced labour or sexual exploitation.

The International Labour Organisation estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally.

Vivienne Laing, head of policy at NSPCC Wales.