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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 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.

 

British Airways accused of not acting over pilot abuse concerns

23 March 2015

Former pilot abused children overseas while working for British Airways-sponsored charitiesThe law firm acting on behalf of alleged child abuse victims of a British Airways pilot, Simon Wood, has confirmed that they are looking into reports that the airline had been told twice about concerns about his behaviour.

According to the BBC, Mike Johnson, another BA pilot who was on the British board of Nairobi-based charity, Nyumbani, informed two senior managers at BA in 2004 that Wood had been asked to leave the charity for taking inappropriate images of children.

Bharti Patel, CEO of ECPAT UK, a child rights charity campaigning for the rights of children everywhere to be protected from abuse by British nationals traveling or residing abroad, today said any alleged lack of action by BA could be considered a serious breach of its duty of care.

 

UK failure to monitor sex offenders threatens children everywhere

10 March 2015

A report revealing that nearly 400 sex offenders have disappeared “off the radar” of UK law enforcement highlights the UK’s continuing failure to prevent child sexual abuse, according to leading children’s rights charity ECPAT UK.

The revelations magnify the significant harm posed to children abroad by UK offenders who flee the country and abuse children in countries where child protection systems are weak or non-existent.

ECPAT UK said today that the report calls into question the Government’s commitment to “ensuring the system is as robust as possible”, adding that it demonstrates systemic failures to manage sex offenders and prevent them from moving around in the UK or leaving the UK and travelling to countries to abuse vulnerable children with impunity.

 

Historic campaign win secures extra support for trafficked children

25th February 2015
Body Shop campaignChild victims of trafficking in England and Wales are set to benefit from ‘Child Trafficking Advocates’ with legal powers following ECPAT UK’s high-profile campaign to ensure new anti-slavery legislation adequately protects children and young people.

In a landmark step, members of the House of Lords today voted in favour of amendments to ensure advocates have the tools and independence to be effective in advocating for trafficked children’s rights.

 

Government commits to improve child exploitation laws

24 February 2015 

Children will benefit from improved child exploitation laws, following ECPAT UK’s campaign to make the Modern Slavery Bill more effective to prosecute child abusers.

The House of Lords yesterday agreed to strengthen the criminal offence of slavery, servitude, forced/compulsory labour in the Modern Slavery Bill, making a commitment to improve guidance on cases involving children and guaranteeing that all forms of exploitation, including sexual exploitation and forced criminality, are covered by the new offence.

This follows an earlier concession by Government in which MPs amended the offence to ensure that authorities give regard to the vulnerability of child victims and to clarify that 'alleged' consent to exploitation is not used against a victim, as children in particular are groomed into being exploited and cannot consent to these abuses.

 

Northern Ireland pioneers legal guardianship for trafficked children

20 January 2015

ECPAT UK guardianshp campaignNorthern Ireland has become the first country in the UK to introduce legal guardianship for trafficked and separated children, marking a major campaign success for ECPAT UK.

This week the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill in Northern Ireland, which began as a Private Member’s Bill from Lord Morrow, was given Royal Assent.

ECPAT UK worked closely with the Law Centre (NI) and Commissioner for Children and Young People to ensure an amendment to the Bill on legal guardianship was successfully included and passed, including delivering a keynote speech to Lord Morrow and a group of key partners in Belfast in September 2014.

 

ECPAT UK renews call to ratify European convention on sexual exploitation

19 January 2015

Accessible cover to COE ConventionThe UK must demonstrate its commitment to combat the sexual abuse of children in travel and tourism by ratifying the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (Lanzarote Convention), according to an updated briefing by ECPAT UK

Recent high profile cases have highlighted the UK Government’s continuing failure to protect children worldwide from British travelling sex offenders.

In their latest updated briefing, ECPAT UK says the UK must immediately ratify the Lanzarote Convention to reinforce efforts to prevent child sexual abuse abroad and to promote greater international cooperation to bring offenders to justice across borders.

 

Pan-European initiative empowers young people across borders to address online abuse

5 January 2015

ECPAT Make IT Safe Peer Experts at the conference in BrusselsMore than one hundred young people and experts throughout Europe have joined together to develop new youth-led responses to the surge in global online abuse, according to ECPAT partners in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands and the UK, announcing the successful completion of a two-year digital citizenship project.

The project, entitled Make IT Safe, has provided a successful template of grassroots approaches to the immense challenges posed by offenders who ruthlessly exploit new technologies, including mobile phone apps, social media sites and the hidden recesses of the dark web, to abuse children.

 

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Campaigners celebrate Modern Slavery Act success

26th 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 to…

UK failure to monitor sex offenders threatens children everywhere

10 March 2015

A report revealing that nearly 400 sex offenders have disappeared “off the radar” of UK law enforcement highlights the UK’s continuing failure to prevent child sexual abuse,…

UPDATE: UK offender Simon Harris sentenced to 17 years on child sexual abuse charges

9 March 2014

ECPAT UK has welcomed the sentencing of British national Simon Harris to 17 years and four months in prison for sexually abusing children while working in Kenya. Harris, a former…

Historic campaign win secures extra support for trafficked children

25th February 2015
Child victims of trafficking in England and Wales are set to benefit from ‘Child Trafficking Advocates’ with legal powers following ECPAT UK’s high-profile campaign to ensure…

Government commits to improve child exploitation laws

24 February 2015 

Children will benefit from improved child exploitation laws, following ECPAT UK’s campaign to make the Modern Slavery Bill more effective to prosecute child abusers.