In 2016, around one in three asylum seekers in the EU was a child. Many go missing and risk falling into the hands of human traffickers. Ahead of UN World Day against Trafficking in Persons on 30 July, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) calls for stronger child protection safeguards to help end the exploitation of children.
Large numbers of children have fled their home countries, either alone or with their families. Unaccompanied or separated from their families, they risk being trafficked and exploited for labour, for crime or for prostitution. To minimise this risk, FRA has identified a number of crucial actions that could help:
With large profits to be made for relatively limited risks, traffickers are moving and exploiting large numbers of people across the EU. To fight such modern-day slavery, FRA is working hand-in-hand with the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, and other EU bodies and agencies to jointly help prevent trafficking, prosecute traffickers and better protect victims, especially children.