UK modern slavery more widespread than previously thought, National Crime Agency says

The scale of human trafficking and modern slavery is far larger than “anyone had previously thought”, the National Crime Agency has said today. Tens of thousands of adults and children, according to NCA Director of Vulnerabilities, Will Kerr, are likely to have been trafficked into modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK.Read more

Care for UK trafficked children must improve, US State Department warns

The UK should improve its response to child trafficking by strengthening specialist support systems, the US State Department has said.Read more

Leading crime agency predicts increase in UK child exploitation

Modern slavery, human trafficking and other forms of child exploitation are likely to increase in the UK over the next few years, according to a new report by the National Crime Agency (NCA).Read more

Governments must make good global promises on child labour

ECPAT UK is calling on governments across the world to honour the commitment to eradicate child labour on global World Day Against Child Labour (12th June).Read more

Mayor of London prioritises anti-trafficking efforts

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Policing & Crime have answered calls from NGOs to outline their plans to strengthen London’s response to human trafficking, after a staggering 260% increase in the number of victim referrals in the capital.Read more

Record number of UK child trafficking cases reported in 2016

Child trafficking referrals increased by 30% to 1,278 in 2016, the highest on record according to the latest figures from the National Crime Agency.Read more

New ECPAT UK project: Local authorities supported to innovate child trafficking responses

ECPAT UK has been selected by the government to deliver an innovative project aimed at improving the local response to child trafficking and all forms of modern slavery and exploitation.Read more

#LostinMigration exposes desperate circumstances for lone migrant children in Europe

An influential coalition of children’s’ rights charities, including ECPAT UK, have today called on EU and national ministers to end the disappearance, suffering and exploitation of children in migration.Read more

British child abuser guilty of 45 crimes against Thai and UK children

Serial child abuser, and retired English teacher, Mark Frost, formerly Andrew Tracey, has pleaded guilty to 45 counts of rape and sexual assault of children in the UK and Thailand, in what has been called by prosecutors as one of most serious cases in British court history.Read more