It sounds like something out of the 18th Century, but child trafficking is alive and well and flourishing in Britain according to some reports.
"All the evidence shows that migrants get jobs, pay taxes, don't use many public services and don't take jobs from native workers". So quoth Ria Sahota in a recent article for Unity.
What are some of the other benefits of immigration? How about child trafficking and slavery?
Recent reports indicate that different nationalities are generally involved in different crimes. Women from Eastern Europe though not from Nigeria, tend to be trafficked for sexual purposes. There are exceptions though, and in a trial held at Canterbury Crown Court, it has been claimed that three girls from Nigeria were trafficked by 42 year old Ozesua Osolase and his wife. The details of this case - if true - are utterly bizarre, and involve allegations of both rape and mutilation with a razor apparently as part of some sort of magic ritual. The trial continues.
Bizarre though this sounds, the case is not unique. Last year, Anthony Harrison was given a 20 year sentence at Woolwich Crown Court for trafficking and falsely imprisoning two Nigerian girls. He was said to have been "a key player in a sophisticated network of West African people traffickers operating in the UK". That case too had a mystical angle.
A report by the International Labour Organisation last month claims there may be over 20 million people trafficked worldwide with 3.7 million of them coming from Africa. According to the ILO, last year there were only in 2011, there were only 257 prosecutions which resulted in 218 convictions involving 10,094 victims throughout the continent. Much or even most of this activity appears to happen in Nigeria; deplorable though this is, the figures given by the ILO cannot be considered as anything but extremely liberal estimates, like those thrown around by organisations and individuals who claim that rape is a vastly under-reported crime.
Last year in London, the African scientist Dr Rebecca Balira was convicted of “knowingly holding another in servitude”, but far worse, and hopefully the worst case we will ever see in these islands, was the conviction of a family of so-called travellers at Luton Crown Court of horrendous offences against vulnerable men over a period of many years.