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  Children sold 'for 15' as slaves to UK
Updated 08 November 2001, 19.09

Children from West Africa are being sold as slaves to Britain - sometimes for as little as 15.

A BBC radio programme has discovered that the horrifying trade is happening in countries like the Ivory Coast.

Better life


Poor families give their children to people who promise they'll have a better life in Britain and other European countries.

But the children often end up on sale in local markets. A BBC reporter in the Ivory Coast was offered a 14-year-old girl to buy for about 15.

In Britain, the children can be used as domestic slaves. Sometimes they're beaten, starved or sexually mistreated.

Tragic death

Last year, eight-year-old Victoria Climbie from the Ivory Coast died after her aunt and aunt's boyfriend beat and abused her.

Her parents thought she would have a better life in Britain. They didn't realise that their dreams had become a nightmare.e.


 
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