Go onto my profile and look for Christopher Hitchens address to the Orwell convention, discoursing on the relevance of Orwell's prose. The speech is entitled 'why orwell matters'. I think you'll find it an arresting listen.
It does from a historical stand point: England's turned a blind eye to child abduction for centuries. During the slave days, urchins would literally be snapped up by plantation boats and shipped off to the cotton and tobacco fields of Georgia. Or the sugar cane fields of Barbados of 'To hell or Barbados' fame; where thousands upon thousands of Irish slaves where systemically shipped for slavery. I even have a history book ('We were there, too'; it's a phenomenal read that deals with the untold stories, specifically among children, in American history.) that features a child nearly having her scalped torn off because of how violently she resisted being swept into slaver ships.
queen Victoria herself (thundercunt extraordinaire) in a single year took 600,000 Irish adult males and parceled them to her colonies: all so Ireland would never have the man power to facilitate a rebellion. In consequence countless families starved or were forced to render themselves as indentured servants. Which is basically leasing your absolute slavery for a set number of years: which of course the slaver can demand be fulfilled to his/her satisfaction; so obviously the slavers just kept them around for generations.