SHOCKING figures from a children’s charity reveal that Thurrock has the most trafficked children in Britain.
The ECPAT has published a report today that reveals the growing problem in the borough.
The report reveals that Thurrock had 58 trafficked children; Hillingdon has 37; Croydon has 31 and Kent County Council has 31.
An NSPCC spokesman said: “It’s concerning that Thurrock was identified as being the local authority with the highest number of children who were trafficked in the UK last year.
“The report reflects our own concerns that child trafficking is an increasing problem not just in Thurrock but in the whole of the UK. The number of children referred to the NSPCC’s Child Trafficking Advice Centre has increased by 96 per cent since 2007/08.
“And the system is already facing challenges – the Association of Directors of Children’s Services has warned that a national shortage of foster carers is putting enormous pressure on a system that has already seen the number of child migrants coming to the UK double in the last two years alone.
“Many of these children are at grave risk of harm, including sexual and criminal exploitation. Allowing any child to slip under the radar and be put in harm’s way while in the UK’s care is unacceptable.”