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Report “They are children, They are victims” on child trafficking in Spain

Last Wednesday I had the honor to attend the presentation of the report They are children, They are victims. Situation of minors trafficked in Spain, by the University Institute of Migration Studies (iuem) of the Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid (the authors are José María Castaño Reyero and Ana Pérez Adroher) in collaboration with Spanish UNICEF Committee.

From Espirales CI welcome this document that combines three basic elements.

On the one hand, is a wakeup call to society to all kinds of professionals on this subject as invisible. It was a pleasure to see so many professionals involved in this area, and also see how this problem has appeared in various media. Much work remains ahead, but naming things is a first step.

On the other hand, The document provides a comprehensive conceptualization of children casuistry, and adolescents trafficked in Spain: mostly teenage girls for sexual exploitation, but also boys, and children younger, and labor exploitation, begging, and forced marriages. Y, very interesting, the sons and daughters of trafficked women, which they are sometimes held hostage by criminal organizations, both here in Spain and in their countries of origin, and serve to exercise control over their mothers.

Last, five conclusions which are five steps to take from the report:

  • The sons and daughters of trafficked women are also considered victims of trafficking (with all its special protection rights).
  • The need for child victims of trafficking are identified, priority, as children, with all the rights that are recognized them as such.
  • The importance of creating a record of coordinating all trafficking victims statewide.
  • The urgency that there are specific resources for children, and adolescent victims of trafficking, they can not be general protection, trafficking networks because they are located and recovered.
  • The training of professionals who have contact with children, and adolescent victims of trafficking (from Espirales CI we have already given several formations thereon, and we offer resources in blog entries on the subject of trafficking).

They have also created a video that summarizes some key findings briefly, for rapid dissemination.

Congratulations for all entities and individuals who have made possible the emergence of this report and recommend its detailed reading.

F. Javier Romeo

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