Trafficked children and child protection systems in the European Union

Palmer, Catherine Emma (2019) Trafficked children and child protection systems in the European Union. European Journal of Social Work, 22 (4). pp. 551-562. ISSN 1369-1457

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Child trafficking is a significant social problem across the European Union (EU). A discourse has emerged of state services failing trafficked children, who are portrayed as especially vulnerable. Less attention is paid to the socio-political conditions within the EU that result in exclusion. Such exclusion adds to the situational vulnerability that many children on the move experience and it may lead to exploitation. This paper is based on a review of 20 multi-national European Commission funded projects about child trafficking. The projects addressed the child trafficking priorities outlined in the EU Anti-Trafficking Strategy [(2012). Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings 2012-2016, COM (2012) 286, final. Retrieved from]. Projects were reviewed via in-depth reading. Protective services for children in origin, transit and host countries contribute to the conditions that sustain child trafficking. Systems do not have the capacity to manage the consequences of globalisation. Consequently, exclusionary criteria are applied on the basis of gender, form of exploitation and ethnicity. In this review, being an EU citizen did not result in any guarantees of protection. Better protection requires commitment and investment in preventative programmes.

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Journal Article
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European Journal of Social Work
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Journal of Social Work on 22/02/2018, available online:
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?? child traffickingchild protectionchildren on the moveeuropean unionsociology and political sciencesocial sciences (miscellaneous) ??
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