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.

 

Please act now - join our campaign to stop the sexual abuse of children in tourism

Act now - stop the sexual abuse of children in tourismECPAT UK has launched a campaign calling on the UK Foreign Secretary to help stop the sexual abuse of children in tourism by British nationals. 

The campaign draws specific attention to the urgent issue of child sexual exploitation in Brazil, ahead of the massive influx of tourists to the World Cup.

Sign here to add your name to the growing group of people committed to protecting vulnerable children everywhere.

 

Joint Committee backs ECPAT UK’s campaign calls for Modern Slavery Bill

8 April 2014

Joint Committee backs ECPAT UK campaignThe Joint Committee on the Draft Modern Slavery Bill, appointed to report to Parliament on the proposed legislation, has backed all four of ECPAT UK’s campaign calls to strengthen new legislation in the fight against child trafficking.

ECPAT UK provided both written and oral evidence to the Joint Committee explaining why child victims of trafficking require improved protection and support based on our many years of experience of working with victims who have been failed, criminalised or faced a ‘culture of disbelief’ when encountering public authorities, despite the horrific abuse they have suffered.

 

House of Lords votes in favour of guardianship for trafficked children

7 April 2014
House of LordsThe House of Lords has today passed an amendment in the Immigration Bill that marks a hugely significant step in ECPAT UK’s campaign to secure a system of independent, legal guardianship for trafficked children.

ECPAT UK, along with other experts, has long argued that such a statutory system would curb the high risk to trafficked children of re-trafficking and abuse, whilst providing a trusted person who has legal responsibility for the child and can act in their best interests, as a parent would.

 

UPDATE: British national jailed for two years in Cambodia for abuse of three boys

25 March 2014

British sex offender jailed for two years in CambodiaECPAT UK today has welcomed the sentencing of Richard Fruin, a British national with previous convictions in the UK for the production of child abuse images, to two years in prison for the sexual abuse of children by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in Cambodia.

According to the Daily Mail, Fruin was working as an English teacher at the Universal English School in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, when he was arrested with one of the boys at a guesthouse in the city. He was first charged on 30 October with sexual abuse of three boys under the age of 15.

In November 2013, ECPAT UK, a leading children’s rights charity, expressed dismay at the failure once again to prevent a convicted child sex abuser from leaving the UK to prey on vulnerable children.

 

More than fifty-thousand people tell Theresa May to better protect trafficked children

Act now - join our campaign to make children a priority in the Modern Slavery Bill4 March 2014

More than 50,000 people have signed an ECPAT UK petition urging the Government to recognise the particular needs of child victims of trafficking in the Modern Slavery Bill.

The ongoing petition - please click to lend your support - calls on the Home Secretary, Theresa May MP, to take heed of the urgent need to prioritise children and create durable solutions for them by including four key measures in the Bill:

 

UPDATE: Fugitive child sex offender imprisoned in Derbyshire after eight years on the run

First alerted to British authorities by ECPAT UK in 2007, Ian Bower, convicted child sex offender who abused children in Cambodia during 8-year flight, has been arrested in Derby.

3 March 2013

ECPAT UK welcomes the nIan Bower is back behind bars in this country after being deported from Cambodia.ews that convicted child sex offender Ian Bower has been finally arrested by Derbyshire Constabulary officers and returned to prison custody after deportation by Cambodian authorities.

The case of Ian Bower had been labelled an "embarrassment to Britain" by children’s rights organisation ECPAT UK because he had been able to evade UK capture and extradition for eight years, despite later prison terms in Cambodia for further child sexual abuse offences.

 

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Please act now - join our campaign to stop the sexual abuse of children in tourism

ECPAT UK has launched a campaign calling on the UK Foreign Secretary to help stop the sexual abuse of children in tourism by British nationals. 

The campaign draws specific attention to…

Joint Committee backs ECPAT UK’s campaign calls for Modern Slavery Bill

8 April 2014

The Joint Committee on the Draft Modern Slavery Bill, appointed to report to Parliament on the proposed legislation, has backed all four of ECPAT UK’s campaign calls to strengthen…

House of Lords votes in favour of guardianship for trafficked children

7 April 2014
The House of Lords has today passed an amendment in the Immigration Bill that marks a hugely significant step in ECPAT UK’s campaign to secure a system of independent, legal guardianship…

UPDATE: British national jailed for two years in Cambodia for abuse of three boys

25 March 2014

ECPAT UK today has welcomed the sentencing of Richard Fruin, a British national with previous convictions in the UK for the production of child abuse images, to two years in prison…

More than fifty-thousand people tell Theresa May to better protect trafficked children

4 March 2014

More than 50,000 people have signed an ECPAT UK petition urging the Government to recognise the particular needs of child victims of trafficking in the Modern Slavery Bill.

The…

UPDATE: Fugitive child sex offender imprisoned in Derbyshire after eight years on the run

First alerted to British authorities by ECPAT UK in 2007, Ian Bower, convicted child sex offender who abused children in Cambodia during 8-year flight, has been arrested in Derby.

3 March 2013