A tidal drain at South Yarra, Melbourne, in 2008. The installation of litter-trapping equipment now prevents access.
Photo: Victoria Kolankiewicz
What was once the stuff of urban legends now spreads virally through social media claims the tunnels beneath our cities are used for child trafficking. The truth is both more mundane and important.
Child labour is still endemic in Nigeria.
Middle-class Nigerians employ children in their homes for a range of reasons.
Children play on a see-saw at Nyumbani AIDS orphanage on the outskirts of the Kenya capital Nairobi.
Kenya announced plans in 2017 for a long-term action plan to end the institutionalisation of children.
Young victims remain at risk because current laws are focused on concerns over immigration and the economy.
Tunde Jaji with his old teacher and the mayor of Bournemouth.
Ten years ago as a BBC special correspondent Kurt Barling broke the story of a teenager who had been abused as a domestic servant. Now he reports on what happened next.
These Yazidi sisters managed to escape captivity by Islamic State. Thousands more were not so lucky.
Slavery is making a comeback, thanks to Islamic State and Boko Haram. But the UN can help.
Tanzanian children are kept out of school for a number of reasons.
Child labour in Tanzania is driven largely by poverty. More must be done to keep children in school so their skills aren't lost to the economy in the long run.
Nepalese girls demolish their earthquake-damaged house.
The destruction wrought by two earthquakes in Nepal opened up a major opportunity for child traffickers.
Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Real Madrid.
Prohibiting the transfer of under-18s hasn't stopped it happening. Football needs a new approach.
A boy plays next to a football centre in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha township.
Tokyo Sexwale, one of the candidates for football's top job, has pledged to end what has been called 'football's slave trade'.
‘Millions of children in overseas orphanages … would dearly love to have parents’, claims Tony Abbott, and his government is making intercountry adoption easier.
Screenshot/Intercountry Adoption Australia
Most of the world's 'orphans' are not orphans at all and many are caught up in a global trade in meeting demand for adoption. Making intercountry adoption easier adds to the risks for these children.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott, pictured meeting adoption advocates, has largely ignored expert practitioners and researchers in developing his new policy.
On Sunday, January 25, Prime Minister Tony Abbott released a little more detail about his plans for adoption in Australia. Although specifics are still pretty thin on the ground, the announcement makes…