A member of the British Parliament has called for more action to tackle the high rates of child slavery in the United Kingdom as the government ramps up efforts to deal with sex trafficking of girls and gangs’ use of children as drug mules.
Sarah Champion, a Member of Parliament (MP) for Rotherham, said Wednesday that the rate of exploitation of children by gangs and reports in the media about how girls and boys have been used as slaves were just the “tip of the iceberg.”
“As a country we have to focus on prevention, not just sit back and be surprised once a child is abused,” said Champion.
Authorities announced this week a 2 million pound ($2.6 million) scheme to help stop child slavery in the UK. Britain recorded its highest annual number of slave children last year as some 2,118 kids were suspected to have been forced into sex slavery, domestic servitude or forced labor.
The government scheme on slavery is to be launched in 2019 and…