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[ Source:www.guardian.co.uk ]
The UK are constantly failing their own children. Should we be surprised then by these latest figures. I am more surprised that there is an admission or acknowledgement to this situation.
The UK largely deny child trafficking and prefer to think in terms of illegal immigrants, meaning that many children are deported at the first opportunity.
According to records from 16 local authorities around England's ports and airports, an estimated 408 children disappeared between July 2004 and July 2007. They are known by officialdom as unaccompanied asylum seekers and child protection campaigners believe most have been trafficked. It is thought that many escape only for traffickers to send them on for exploitation in other parts of the world, particularly Italy and Spain. Only 12 children have been traced and returned to care. "We are shocked that the numbers keep rising," said Christine Beddoe, the chief executive of ECPAT UK which campaigns for greater protection for trafficked children. "These figures come in spite of the government's action plan on trafficking and show the need for an urgent inquiry into separated children who go missing. These vulnerable children need to be given independent guardians as soon as possible to ensure they are protected from traffickers who we know target them even while they are in care." Read more!
Next month will mark the 17th anniversary of Ben Needhams abduction. July 24th 1991 21 month old Ben was abducted from outside his family home on the Greek Island of Kos.
Ben's' family haven't been abandoned by the UK Government in their search for Ben. The UK Government has NEVER shown any interest or inclination to support the family.
Three Priministers later and still nothing. John Major, Tony Blair and now Gordon Brown, doing sod all to help a UK citizen.
Abduction for the purpose of illegal adoption is not some far fetched mystical Greek legend. The trade in illegal adoptions is Greek fact. A Greek fact that no one seems prepared to confront.
Gordon Brown and his fellow parliamentary haven't been afraid to interfere in Portuguese law nor have they been shy in showing support towards official suspects in a child abduction case. 17 years is long enough to ignore the plight of one of its' own children.
It's time our Government left the Portuguese authorities to continue unhindered in their criminal investigations. Instead they need to offer Ben's family the full backing and support of their country and develop a firm relationship with Greece to ensure that every possible avenue is explored and explored again until Ben's' whereabouts are known.
For anyone who finds themselves in Greece this year I ask you to please keep Ben in your thoughts. Of course Ben is not that chubby faced baby any more, he is a young man. The image below is a likeness of how Ben should look now.
http://www.benneedham.net/index.htm Read more!