British pop star Robbie Williams will appear in a United Nations film aimed at raising awareness in Britain about child trafficking, according to the U.N.'s children's agency UNICEF. The three-minute

British pop star Robbie Williams will appear in a United Nations film aimed at raising awareness in Britain about child trafficking, according to the U.N.'s children's agency UNICEF. The three-minute film will feature Williams reading a poem describing the sale of children into prostitution as if they were an exotic fruit.

Child trafficking involves transporting and exploiting unwilling victims, often for sex work or hazardous labor, according to UNICEF. The U.N. believes 1.2 million children are trafficked each year.

"Child trafficking destroys the lives of children. Robbie's support will help UNICEF to raise public awareness about this child rights abuse and bring it to an end," said UNICEF U.K. Director David Bull.

Human trafficking differs from other people smuggling in that it involves people who are not consenting or do not understand what is happening to them. Children and their families are often given false assurances that the child will receive an education and a better future elsewhere, UNICEF said.

It estimated thousands of children were trafficked to Britain each year, mainly from West Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia, adding that it wanted the U.K. government to provide specialist care and protection for the victims.


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