We've signed ECPAT UK's open letter to the Home Secretary, asking her to reconsider the decision to return a survivor of child trafficking to a country where he has no family or support networks and to reform the support provided to all children identified as victims of modern slavery in the UK.
"Nineteen-year-old orphan Stephen, whose real name cannot be revealed for his own protection, was trafficked to the UK at the age of 10 and exploited in a cannabis farm, where he was forced to endure dangerous conditions and regular beatings.
"After six years, Stephen was found by police aged 16 and placed into foster care, where he began rebuilding his life by attending school, making friends and becoming part of his local community in the north-east of England.
"But a year later, he lost his automatic right to remain in the country and applied for asylum. His claim was refused by the Home Office in December, meaning he now faces removal to a country he has not visited in nine years and where he has no family or support network.
"Now the teenager is being backed by dozens of leading charities which argue his individual case deserves to be reconsidered and that, as a child trafficking victim, he should have the right to a “durable solution” as required by the European Directive on trafficking (2011/36/EU)."