Published: 28 September 2007 at 12:22
Anglia Ruskin University’s Unit for the Law of Children and the Vulnerable has organised a workshop on Human Trafficking as part of the 25th Annual Symposium on Economic Crime at Jesus College, Cambridge.
The workshop, put together by the Anglia School of Law, was attended by academics from many countries. It looked at child trafficking in the UK with particular reference to the local Eastern region, providing human trafficking information from around the world. Included were addresses from academics and researchers from Africa and Turkey. UK Government officials also contributed to the debate about policy initiatives to help in the collaborative fight against the crime.
The main speakers at the event, entitled Trafficking in Children and Young People – the Local Perspective, led debates on the very latest issues that face the UK authorities and source regions among which Southern Africa, Southern Asia, Northern Europe and Northern Africa, and Turkey are listed.
Most of the cases of trafficking in children involve young people aged between 14 and 17 years old. According to recent research, unclear definitions of traffiking in children result in statistics ridden with methodological problems. It has also been disclosed that few governments systematically collect data on human trafficking and when they do provide statistical information they often mix data related to trafficking, smuggling and illegal migration.
For more information on the conference or the subject of human trafficking visit www.crimesymposium.org or contact Anglia Ruskin University on 0845 271 3333.