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From: St Osmunds
On the 7th November, 21 Vietnamese migrants — 11 of them children, many as young as 12 — have been found in the back of a refrigerated lorry in the British port of New haven, East Sussex. They had been smuggled across borders, hidden between cases of sparkling water. Investigators believe a Romanian man was driving the lorry and he has been charged for entering the UK illegally. Vietnam consistently ranks as one of the top countries for potential victims of trafficking, abuse and and modern day slavery in the UK. The UK's leading children charity NSPCC reports that over 2100 children were identified as potential victims of trafficking last year. Child trafficking and modern slavery are child abuse, says the NSPCC. "Children are recruited, moved or transported and then exploited, forced to work or sold". But is still unknown what the exact number of children being trafficked per day in the UK is. The charity said that is because "trafficking is a hidden crime and recorded statistics are almost certainly an under-estimate". But their staggering evidence suggests that 2 out of 5 potential victims of modern slavery found in the UK were children. The most common cases to be trafficked into the UK are people from Albania,Vietnam, Afghanistan and Eritrea. It is important to stay alert: children can be very blind when it comes to this matter and are easily targeted because they are so vulnerable. Human trafficking is around us but hardly ever seen with a naked-eye. So we need to beware of its dangers, keep a close eye when we are alone or with friends, and never talk or go with a stranger. By : Delfina
From: Barnes
This year, there has been a devastating amount of destruction because of the wildfires in America. Due to the blazes, more than 250,000 residents have been forced to leave their homes to the mercy of the flames. Luckily, rain has arrived in California helping to contain the fires. Yet this luck has a flaw - it is bringing fear of mudslides around the area. This is there is no vegetation to hold the ground from sliding. This has a chance of getting in the way of the firefighters and the recovery of the citizens of California. It is thought that there will be a staggering 4 to 6 inches of rain across the state. Firefighters say it will help enormously in the clear up of the fires. It could mean they can stop the fires entirely. This will be good for the residents that haven’t been damaged too much because of the flames for it will clear the air of all the smoke and ash. Unfortunately for the clear up in the desolate town of Paradise, the ash that had settled on the destruction could bury the remains of the people that have died so they are unable to be found. At the moment, there are around 500 people who are unaccounted for. It is a race against time to find the bodies. If the ash solidifies, the people may never be found ever again.  
From: Barnes
Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian journalist, has been murdered. Jamal, was originally Saudi Arabian but moved to America. He wrote some things Saudi Arabia didn't like such as women should have the same opportunity as men. He was engaged to a Turkish woman and was just on his way to the Saudi Arabian consulate to get his marriage certificate. Khashoggi entered a Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on 2 October 2018, but did not leave the building. As you can imagine, his wife became pretty distressed after 5 hours and Jamal had still not returned. Claims emerged that he had been killed inside. After an inspection of the consulate by Saudi Arabian and Turkish officials, it was found that he had been killed and body left in a forest. Initially the Saudi Arabian government denied the death, claiming Khashoggi had left the consulate alive, but on 20 October admitted that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate, claiming he had been strangled to death after a fight had broken out. This was later contradicted when, on 25 October, Saudi Arabia's Attorney General stated that the murder was planned.
From: Barnes
The Hurricane Michael struck on Wednesday with winds of 155mph (250km/h). More than 370,000 people in Florida were told to evacuate but officials believe many ignored the warning. Six people died, most of them were in Florida. It lifted homes from their bottoms and heavily damaged others in districts closest to the sea in Mexico Beach, CNN helicopter footage showed. Twenty survivors were found in the town overnight, AP reports, but 285 had refused to obey warnings to evacuate. Debris and floodwater are also making some of the worst-hit areas difficult to reach. Governor Scott urged residents not to return until the authorities make sure things are safe, given the danger from power lines and other debris. Travis Brooks, director of Seminole County's emergency management agency, told ABC News there was "complete and total devastation". Hurricane Michael earlier reportedly killed at least 13 people as it passed through Central America: six in Honduras, four in Nicaragua and three in El Salvador. With reduced winds of 50mph, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Michael has moved north-east crossing Georgia and is now bringing heavy rain to North Carolina and Virginia. The NHC warned that communities in north-west Florida and North Carolina faced the threat of life-threatening flooding as rising water moved inwards from the coast.