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Read the latest news on child protection from around Europe. For news related to the recent refugee crisis in Europe please see our Thematic Page.

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12 Aug 2019
In a press release, the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, or Europol, announced the results of a European-wide joint operation against the trafficking of minors for sexual exploitation, forced begging, and labour exploitation....
13 Sep 2017
Bulgaria is second in Europe in regard to human trafficking, and the most important cause for human trafficking is the sexual exploitation, imposed by new techniques and tactics, like "lover boy", with which violators and exploiters earn the trust...
21 Jul 2017
According to UPI, the last three years has signified a 600% increase in the number of possible sexual exploitation cases featuring migrants seeking refuge in Italy, through passage of sea travel. Mostly victimized among these migrants, are young...
05 May 2017
 Playpen is one of the world's largest child sexual abuse websites on the Darknet, owing to more than 150,000 members worldwide. According to a Europol article published on May 5, 2017, one of the top directors of the website was sentenced to a 30...
07 Apr 2017
Unaccompanied, separated children trapped in the Balkans are being placed in extreme danger of exploitation, violence and trafficking due to unfit border policies and inadequate and overstretched child protection systems, a new report has found....
05 Sep 2016
The LocalGov reports that the municipal council of Telford and Wrekin on Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee revealed that last year 137 cases of suspected child sexual abuse were reported and only 45 were referred to the council’s...
12 Aug 2016
The UK’s first independent anti-slavery commissioner, Kevin Hyland, reports for 'The Guardian' on the trafficking of Nigerian women and girls into sexual exploitation in Europe and the UK in particular. In this article Hyland details the most recent...
15 Jul 2016
UPI reports that there are new arrivals in the once-grand park of Pedion tou Areos in central Athens. Among the drug dealers and dog walkers, joggers and junkies, are a shifting cast of refugee children. Lured into the vastness of its ruined tree-...
04 Feb 2016
The Guardian reports that Ukraine’s longest-running crisis is endemic human trafficking. In recent years an estimated 2.7 million people have fled their homes to escape conflict with pro-Russian separatists. Traffickers prey on them, with police...
01 Oct 2015
La Strada International reports (in their quarterly newsletter) that since January 2015 has been partnering in the second phase of the project Balkans ACT (Against Crime of Trafficking) Now!  The project is being implemented by ASTRA (Serbia), Open...

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