Britain’s anti-slavery commissioner has warned about the ‘Oliver Twist’ scenarios in UK streets, saying criminal gangs are using children to pickpocket, steal and beg in nationwide criminal operations.
Kevin Hyland, an ex-Met Police detective who is currently the anti-slavery commissioner, has warned that gangs are exploiting vulnerable British children and that urgent action is needed to stop them.
He said that “Oliver Twist scenarios” are taking place across the country. “We are in the 21st century and yet we have Oliver Twist scenarios happening in our streets and cities…I think we all thought that was gone and in the past but actually it’s alive and kicking in London. It’s pure criminality and abuse of children.”