Alarming UK Statistics

In 2012, 372 children were trafficked into the UK and referred to the National Referral Mechanism.  However, trafficking is an extremely hidden and hideous crime and it is universally thought that the actual incidence of child trafficking in the UK it thought to be at least 3X higher than the recorded statistics suggest.

Sources of data indicate that sexual exploitation is the number one reason for child trafficking in the UK, followed by labour exploitation. 

It is estimated that 60 per cent of trafficked children placed in local authority care go missing (House of Commons, Home Affairs Committee (2009) with 48 hours. 

‘While all human trafficking is abhorrent, the Government notes the particularly vulnerable position of children trafficked to and within the UK. We are determined to do all we can to prevent and safeguard children from the threat of child traffickers and to ensure that, where child victims are identified, they receive the best support and protection the UK can provide.’

Home Office, Human Trafficking: The Government’s Strategy, July 2011,

Baca’s Response

Baca has carried out extensive research and has built significant knowledge and experience in working with young people who have been trafficked or are at risk of trafficking. 

We are working hard to minimise the statistic of trafficked children going missing from care by providing safe and appropriate accommodation alongside specialist support by a trained professional Support Team.

Within Baca’s care model we have developed systems to help identify risk indicators of trafficking and provide holistic and tailored care for young people who are potential victims of trafficking. 

Our Safe Accommodation and 24/7 365 days a year On-Call model allows support to be given at the point of highest vulnerability of a new arrival, during the 48 hours of referral.

Our specialist work includes:

  • Pick up from police station or airport at any time of day or night. 
  • Trained and experienced staff.
  • Assessment of trafficking risk indicators.
  • High level safeguarding of all young people.
  • Immediate care in family environment.
  • 24/7 supervision if felt young person high risk.
  • Fast liaison with police and social services as first responders.


In the last year, over 40% of young people in the care of Baca were suspected to have been victims of trafficking to the UK or were at risk of trafficking within the UK.

“...Baca staff worked with sensitivity and with understanding, alongside this YP supporting her to build her trust and confidence. They worked appropriately in co-operation with other agencies to safeguard this young person and continued to provide a highly valued standard of care...” (Social Worker)