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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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29 Jul 2013
‘The Local’ reports that in a landmark ruling France recognized modern-day slavery as a new crime punishable by up to 30 years in jail, as it attempts to crack down on forced labour. The French government finally officially recognized...
19 Jul 2013
‘Euronews’ reports that Socialists have unveiled a bill that would make it easier to evict itinerant Roma from illegal settlements. While the ruling party carefully distanced itself from the policies of the former President Sarkozy who...
28 May 2013
‘BBC’ reports that thirteen people have gone on trial in Algiers, accused of trafficking an unknown number of Algerian children to the French city of Saint-Etienne. The case came to light in 2009 after a woman died during an abortion at...
13 May 2013
‘THV11’ reports of instances of modern-day slavery in France – mostly in the form of domestic servitude that the French organisation Committee Against Modern Slavery is fighting. The article and the accompanying video introduces...
18 Feb 2013
‘RFI’ reports that the trial of a fake Algerian doctor and 12 accomplices, accused of selling the babies of single mothers to families in France, was adjourned because five of the accused failed to turn up. The suspects allegedly paid...
15 Feb 2013
‘BBC News’ reports that France’s National Assembly has approved a law allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children. Supporters argue that it is a vital step in meeting France’s historic commitment to equality. But...
15 Feb 2013
‘The Local’ reports of a recent case of child trafficking and exploitation in France. Reports emerged that a couple living in France had paid €4,500 for a 14-year-old girl from the Ivory Coast to be a maid at their home. The couple,...
30 Jan 2013
‘France 24’ reports that a group of Roma children have been forced to attend classes at a police station after the local school refused to take them in. They come from an illegal encampment in the suburb of Lyon, which the major wanted...
29 Oct 2012
‘UPI.com’ reports that French police say they cracked a child trafficking ring that took children from Kosovo and Macedonia to sell in Belgium and Germany. The ring is believed to have obtained children for 1,000-1,500 euros , and sold...
25 Oct 2012
‘PressTV’ reports that NGOs are launching a wide awareness campaign as child trafficking is a rising concern in Europe. Various estimates show 15000 children and adults are trafficked in and out of France every year. A vast majority do...

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