'More can be done to save children'

PUBLISHED: 12:28 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 15 June 2010

EAST Devon MP Hugo Swire has called on the Government to toughen up legislation to protect children from human trafficking. Speaking at a well-attended debate, called by the Conservative Party, Mr Swire urged the Government to work closely with airlines a

EAST Devon MP Hugo Swire has called on the Government to toughen up legislation to protect children from human trafficking.Speaking at a well-attended debate, called by the Conservative Party, Mr Swire urged the Government to work closely with airlines and the travel industry to gather data and to ascertain the levels of trafficking. Mr Swire said: "In the 21st Century Britain, it is quite frankly an outrage that child trafficking can exist." He called on the Government to "act with greater speed and clarity and provide the requisite resources to stamp out this unacceptable practice".Following the debate in the House of Commons, Mr Swire said: "The debate was bi-partisan and constructive - we all agreed that greater efforts must be made towards stamping out all forms of trafficking."I wanted to concentrate on the most vulnerable victims of this trade, notably children. "The Government are taking the issue seriously but there is plenty more they can and should do.

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