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Children trafficked through Belfast: report

Human traffickers are using Belfast as a port of entry to the UK, a new report has claimed.

There has been one confirmed case of a child being trafficked in Northern Ireland, a report from the NSPCC said.

Around 10 minors have been separated from their carers.

The joint research with Barnardo's in Northern Ireland called for co-ordination between the agencies responsible.

NSPCC spokeswoman Mandy John-Baptiste said: "Practitioners in agencies responsible for children and young people in Northern Ireland must be aware of the needs of trafficked children.

"Trafficking is another form of child abuse. Police, social services, health services, education providers and the voluntary sector must be vigilant to the potential of trafficking and work together to ensure there is a robust response to keep children safe."

The report drew on police information to suggest that human traffickers are using Belfast International Airport as a port of entry to the UK.

Agencies working with asylum seekers and children have expressed concerns about potential child trafficking here.

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