Christian human rights group the Jubilee Campaign has launched an initiative to persuade the Government to introduce legislation on human trafficking.
Criminal organisations earn an estimated £4.3 billion per year from economic and sexual slavery, usually involving people from west Africa or eastern Europe, the group claims.
The Jubilee Campaign called on supporter Lord Alton of Liverpool to spearhead the campaign last week in the House of Lords.
Speaking in the debate on the Proceeds of Crime Bill, Lord Alton said a legal distinction should be made between illegal immigrants and the victims of trafficking. He also wants the proceeds from prosecuting traffickers to be used to help victims.
Since 1995, 66 children who arrived unaccompanied in the UK have vanished from local social services. "It is an extraordinary state of affairs that children committed to care in this country, having been rescued from trafficking, should have gone missing on such a scale,
Lord Alton told the house.