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Girl Smuggled Into UK to Have Her Organs Harvested

| by Michael Allen

An unidentified girl was taken from Somalia and smuggled into Great Britain to harvest and sell her organs, claims a new UK government report.

As bizarre as the incident sounds, it's likely not to be the only instance, according to child protection agencies.

"Traffickers are exploiting the demand for organs and the vulnerability of children. It's unlikely that a trafficker is going to take this risk and bring just one child into the UK. It is likely there was a group," Bharti Patel, of Ecpat UK, a child protection agency, told the The Telegraph.

The same government report says that human trafficking in Great Britain has risen by more than 50 percent since 2011.

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The total number of children that were victims of slavery or sexual trafficking in the UK was 371 in 2012. The children were often brought into the country from Vietnam, Nigeria, China, Romania and Bangladesh.

The report also says 20 British girls suffered human trafficking within their own country.

Additionally, 786 women were victims of trafficking, while 400 men were trafficked for "paving or ground works" in the UK or in other countries.

The UK has one of the lowest conviction rates in Europe for human trafficking, says the Human Trafficking Foundation.

In the UK, the maximum sentence for trafficking is 14 years, but some lawmakers are calling for an automatic life sentence, reports the BBC.

Source: The Telegraph and BBC