ECPAT UK - Campaigning against child trafficking and transnational child exploitation

ECPAT UK is active in research, campaigning and lobbying government to prevent child exploitation and protect children in tourism and child victims of trafficking.

 

ECPAT UK teams with UK Border Force for Anti-Slavery Day

17 October 2014

ECPAT UK will help host heightened anti-trafficking activities at all five London Heathrow Airport terminals to mark the fourth Anti-Slavery Day (18 October) today and tomorrow.

Specialist anti-trafficking charities, including ECPAT UK, will team up with Border Force officials to raise awareness of human trafficking and support Heathrow staff and passengers to help keep vulnerable children and adults safe at UK airports.

 

No justice for trafficking victims forced into crime, new report says

30 September 2014

Race In Europe project on trafficking for forced criminal activitiesThe UK and neighbouring European states fail to protect thousands of adults and children trafficked and forced into crime, according to a new study by the RACE in Europe Project.

Authored by a group of leading human rights NGOs, including ECPAT UK and Anti-Slavery International, the report, Trafficking for Forced Criminal Activities and Begging in Europe, reveals that many victims who have been trafficked for criminal exploitation suffer prosecution and imprisonment, while their traffickers evade punishment.

The findings also show that the issue is more widespread than previously reported, with potentially thousands of victims being exploited through a variety of criminal activities.

 

Urgent action needed to tackle rise in child trafficking, ECPAT UK warns

30th September 2014

Modern slavery in the UK has risen by 22% in the past year, with at least 602 potential child victims of trafficking being identified in 2013 and many more children going undiscovered, according to official figures released today.

ECPAT UK warned that the statistics, from the National Crime Agency’s UK Human Trafficking Centre, were only indicative of a much wider problem and that urgent action was needed to prevent child trafficking, protect its victims and prosecute those abusing children in the UK and overseas.

 

Inadequate response by UK Government to sexual abuse of children by British nationals overseas

27 September 2014

The persistence of British offenders implicated in, and convicted of, sexual abuse of children abroad raises serious questions over the UK Government’s response to transnational child abuse, leading children’s rights charity ECPAT UK has said on World Tourism Day.   

Recent Government figures, published in Hansard (21 July 2014), show an increase in the numbers of British nationals convicted of sexual offences against children within the EU and outside the EU, as notified to the Association of Chief Police Officers’ Criminal Records Office (ACRO).

 

ECPAT UK speaks out on modern slavery in Government film campaign

16 September 2014

“Modern slavery is closer than you think”, a new Government film campaign featuring ECPAT UK has warned. 

The film enlists leading children’s charities and human rights defenders, including ECPAT UK, to encourage professionals and the public to recognise the signs to help stop modern slavery and trafficking in the UK.

 

Inaction over Rotherham trafficking highlights culture of impunity

1 September 2014

Chloe Setter
Head of Policy, Advocacy & Campaigns (Child Trafficking), ECPAT UK

The latest scandal of another UK town’s failure to respond adequately to widespread sexual exploitation of its children highlights an endemic issue across the United Kingdom. In communities throughout our country, including Oxford, Rochdale and Newcastle, we have been confronted with overwhelming evidence of repeated and multiple failures to prevent child abuse and protect children.

 

Child victims file landmark claim against abuser’s employer

30 July 2014 

Pilot Simon Wood is alleged to have abused children during stopovers in East Africa.British Airways should be liable for abuses against children carried out by British pilot Simon Wood through charitable activities sponsored by the airline in East Africa, leading law firm Leigh Day has said today.

The pending case is lauded as a watershed moment for the rights of child victims abused by British nationals abroad to seek justice and reparations through British courts. 

 

Coalition of charities publishes Alternative Modern Slavery Bill

22nd July 2014

Influential anti-trafficking NGO coalitionThe UK Government’s claim that it will produce a ‘world-leading Modern Slavery Bill’ has been challenged by a group of leading anti-trafficking charities, including ECPAT UK, who today published an ‘Alternative Bill’ highlighting deficiencies in the legislation.

The influential Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG), led by NGOs representing the interests of children and adult victims of trafficking and modern-day slavery, is proposing alternate legislation, with assistance from a group of expert lawyers, in order to assist Parliament in strengthening the Modern Slavery Bill that is currently before Parliament.

 

Court says legal aid residence test proposals are 'unlawful'

Legal Aid Reforms15 July 2014

A court has today stated that the Government’s plans to introduce a ‘residence test’ for civil legal aid is unlawful, following a hard-hitting campaign supported by ECPAT UK.

In today’s judgement, a specially convened  three-judge Divisional court unanimously said the proposals, to prevent those who could not prove 12 months’ lawful residence in the UK from accessing legal aid, amounted to unlawful discrimination and said the Lord Chancellor did not have the legal power to introduce such a test.

 

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Latest updates

ECPAT UK teams with UK Border Force for Anti-Slavery Day

17 October 2014

ECPAT UK will help host heightened anti-trafficking activities at all five London Heathrow Airport terminals to mark the fourth Anti-Slavery Day (18 October) today and tomorrow.

No justice for trafficking victims forced into crime, new report says

30 September 2014

The UK and neighbouring European states fail to protect thousands of adults and children trafficked and forced into crime, according to a new study by the RACE in Europe Project.

Urgent action needed to tackle rise in child trafficking, ECPAT UK warns

30th September 2014

Modern slavery in the UK has risen by 22% in the past year, with at least 602 potential child victims of trafficking being identified in 2013 and many more children going undiscovered,…

Inadequate response by UK Government to sexual abuse of children by British nationals overseas

27 September 2014

The persistence of British offenders implicated in, and convicted of, sexual abuse of children abroad raises serious questions over the UK Government’s response…

ECPAT UK speaks out on modern slavery in Government film campaign

16 September 2014

“Modern slavery is closer than you think”, a new Government film campaign featuring ECPAT UK has warned. 

The film enlists leading children’s…

Child victims file landmark claim against abuser’s employer

30 July 2014 

British Airways should be liable for abuses against children carried out by British pilot Simon Wood through charitable activities sponsored by the airline in East Africa,…