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Last Updated: Tuesday March 08 2005 13:12 GMT

Child trafficking scheme exposed

Children from the truck
There are renewed concerns about child trafficking in the African country of Nigeria after 56 children were rescued from a cargo truck.

The children, aged from seven to 14, had been travelling inside a metal container usually used for fish.

It's thought the children were being taken to do domestic work - like cleaning - in the city of Lagos.

Child trafficking is against the law in Nigeria but there are problems cracking down on it because it's quite common.

The rescued children were taken to a police station, where they were given water, food and clothing.

The International Labour Organisation estimates that at least 200,000 children are trafficked in West Africa each year.

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