A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April last year, killing almost 9,000 people and leaving millions in need of aid.
It is estimated that millions of people across the world are victims of modern day slavery, trafficked across borders and forced to work in servitude. In October 2015, the Modern Slavery Act was brought in to crack down on modern day slavery and protect victims of trafficking.An investigation by the Sun newspaper suggests that boys and girls as young as 10 are being sold for just £5,250 by black market gangs operating in India’s state of Punjab.
The home secretary Theresa May has urged police to investigate claims that child survivors of the Nepal earthquake and other vulnerable children are being sold to British families to work as domestic slaves. According to Sun’s report, a trader it names as Makkhan Singh lined up children for its undercover reporter to pick from and said: “We have supplied lads who have gone on to the UK.
Most of the ones who are taken to England are Nepalese.The paper says the gangs are preying on the children of Nepalese refugees, as well as destitute Indian families.“For the supply of a boy, minimum 500,000 rupees [£5,300]. Then you will have other costs associated with taking him to the UK, but that’s your responsibility extra to what you pay us.
Slave traders sell their kids to rich families who lock them up at home in India while training them and arranging dodgy travel documents.
A thriving trade in bribery for paperwork means they can bring slaves to the UK as orphaned relatives they adopted or as legitimate domestic members of their household.
Home Secretary Theresa May said child trafficking is a “truly abhorrent crime” and urged the National Crime Agency to investigate the newspaper’s findings.
She told the newspaper: “No child, anywhere in the world, should be taken away from their home and forced to work in slavery.
“That is why we introduced the landmark Modern Slavery Act last year, which included enhanced protections for potential child victims of slavery and sentences up to life imprisonment for those found guilty.
We encourage The Sun to share its disturbing findings with the Police and National Crime Agency so that appropriate action can be taken against the vile criminals who profit from this trade.”
The Modern Slavery Act was introduced last October to crack down on modern day slavery and protect victims of trafficking.