Anti-trafficking day tackles child grooming issue

THE problem of human trafficking and how to spot signs of child grooming were dealt with at a conference in the wake of the Bullfinch trial.

A total of 72 delegates attended the anti-trafficking campaign day at the King’s Centre, in Osney Mead, West Oxford, on Saturday, which was organised by Oxford Community Against Trafficking (OXCAT).

Seven men were jailed last month for child exploitation offences in the city following the Operation Bullfinch trial.

Sian Ducker, OXCAT spokeswoman, said there were speakers from Cambodia, Europe and Oxford.

She added: “It began with the global perspective about trafficking and focused in on Europe, the UK and, specifically, Oxford. We heard a testimony from a former prostitute who helped expose the problem of trafficking in Oxford in 2009.”

There was also a talk on child exploitation from Thames Valley Police and several short films were shown on the issue.

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