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Scotland urged to spearhead child trafficking fight

6 August 2015

Protect children from trafficking in ScotlandECPAT UK, in partnership with leading campaigners Walk Free and CARE, have called on the Scottish Government to provide vital support for trafficked children in new anti-trafficking legislation. CLICK HERE to sign the petition

Research in 2014 found that children had been trafficked to Scotland and exploited in domestic servitude, forced labour and sexual exploitation, with some disappearing from care and re-trafficked to a life of further abuse.

Leading anti-trafficking and children’s rights organisation ECPAT UK has teamed with Walk Free and CARE to launch a wide-reaching public campaign that will put pressure on the Scottish Government to strengthen the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill in order to protect all children at risk of trafficking and to bring their abusers to justice.

 

US TIP Report: UK still failing many child trafficking victims

29 July 2015

The 2015 TIP report The UK should improve its response to child trafficking and provide more specialist services for children who have been trafficked, the US State Department has said.

According to the influential Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report: “While (UK) authorities continued to identify a large number of potential trafficking victims, the victim identification and referral system failed to assist many victims of trafficking, particularly children.”

ECPAT UK has welcomed the report’s recommendations, including improvements to “multi-stakeholder oversight and specialised services for child victims,” following criticism about the response to child trafficking in the UK and concerns over the number of trafficked children who go missing from care.

 

No company should be exempt from addressing child trafficking in its supply chains, says ECPAT UK

29 July 2015

Read ECPAT UK's Transparency in Supply Chains Clause consultation response here.

Commodities for saleDavid Cameron has today said UK businesses must now take proactive action against modern slavery in their supply chains. Under the new
Transparency in Supply Chains Clause in the Modern Slavery Actall companies with an annual turnover of £36 million and over must report on steps they have taken to prevent exploitation or trafficking used in the production of goods or delivery of services by the business or its suppliers. 

However, given that the clause will cover only a tiny fraction of the millions of companies operating in the UK, Government and business must be much more ambitious if we are to begin to untangle the systemic threads of labour exploitation and child trafficking in supply chains, says ECPAT UK’s Ryan Mahan.

 

More than 10,000 children 'at risk' because 91% of UK adults don't know what private fostering is

A poll commissioned by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) has revealed that 91% of the UK adult population don’t know what private fostering is. BAAF and ECPAT UK are concerned that more than 10,000 children may be at risk because carers and members of the public don’t know they need to notify their local authority about private fostering arrangements.

 

Charities launch damning report on children's rights in the UK

CRAE reportChildren’s charities, including ECPAT UK, today (Wednesday 1st July) launched a damning report highlighting how Government policies and spending decisions have failed to prioritise children, including child victims of trafficking.

Based on the evidence in the report, children's charities are asking the Government to put children at the centre of decision-making, including in the forthcoming Budget.

 

British sex abuser sentenced for crimes against children abroad

18 June 2015

British national Bartle Frere has been sentenced for 12 years and 6 months for child abuse offences in India and the UK, marking an important step towards achieving justice for children exploited by British nationals overseas.

In October 2014, Frere, 50, a former pilot with British Airways, was convicted for a string of sexual offences against children in the UK, India and other countries.

The offences, dating back to 2000, include sexually assaulting a British boy, possessing indecent photographs of Ukrainian boys, making indecent images of boys in India and arranging or facilitating the abuse of boys in India.

 

Second Nepal earthquake increases child trafficking threat

13 May 2015

Nepal appealECPAT UK and other children’s rights organisations have today warned of the increased risk of child trafficking in Nepal, after another devastating earthquake hit the region Tuesday morning.

Since the first earthquake on 25th April – which killed an estimated 8,000 people and directly affected 1.7 million children – tens of thousands of young women and children have been reportedly targeted by human traffickers ready to supply a network of brothels across South Asia.

ECPAT UK has joined the urgent appeal for help, calling on supporters to raise vital resources for grassroots organisations working in Nepal to meet the needs of local children.

 

ECPAT International celebrates 25 years of protecting children

5th May 2015

ECPAT International, the umbrella organisation for ECPAT UK and 84 other children’s rights organisations across the world, is today celebrating 25 years of protecting children from exploitation.

 

Enshrine compensation rights for children exploited online, campaigners say

2 April 2015

The 2014 Digital Manifesto for online child rightsA new Digital Manifesto for online child safety, supported by ECPAT UK, has called on the UK Government to enshrine the right for children to claim compensation for sexual abuse online. 

Signatories have also called on all major parties to support new powers to hold internet companies and other corporate bodies to account for upholding online child safety.

Published by the Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety, the Digital Manifesto sets out an extensive set of policies and recommendations to improve online child protection in the areas of online safety education, policing, public accountability and support for professionals.

 

Campaigners celebrate Modern Slavery Act success

Parliament26th March 2015

ECPAT UK today heralded the passage of historic legislation to protect victims of modern slavery, forced labour and child exploitation but warned there is still much work to do to stamp out human trafficking in the UK and across the world.

The Modern Slavery Act (England & Wales) received royal assent in Parliament today – the culmination of years of campaigning by ECPAT UK and other anti-trafficking organisations to improve protection of victims and strengthen criminal laws against crimes of modern slavery.

 

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Scotland urged to spearhead child trafficking fight

6 August 2015

ECPAT UK, in partnership with leading campaigners Walk Free and CARE, have called on the Scottish Government to provide vital support for trafficked children in new anti-trafficking…

US TIP Report: UK still failing many child trafficking victims

29 July 2015

The UK should improve its response to child trafficking and provide more specialist services for children who have been trafficked, the US State Department has said.

According…

More than 10,000 children 'at risk' because 91% of UK adults don't know what private fostering is

A poll commissioned by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) has revealed that 91% of the UK adult population don’t know what private fostering is. BAAF and ECPAT UK are concerned…

Charities launch damning report on children's rights in the UK

Children’s charities, including ECPAT UK, today (Wednesday 1st July) launched a damning report highlighting how Government policies and spending decisions have failed to prioritise children, including…

British sex abuser sentenced for crimes against children abroad

18 June 2015

British national Bartle Frere has been sentenced for 12 years and 6 months for child abuse offences in India and the UK, marking an important step towards achieving justice for…

British sex abuser sentenced for crimes against children abroad

18 June 2015Old BaileyBritish national Bartle Frere has been sentenced for 12 years and 6 months for child abuse offences in India, marking an important step towards achieving justice for children exploited…