"Because we have all been through the same situation, it gives us that little bit of relief to say 'ok, you are not alone and you didn't go through that all by yourself'."      

Almost every day, stories about child trafficking and modern slavery grab the headlines. Child exploitation is taking place across the UK – last year alone, 2,118 children were identified as potential victims of sexual exploitation, forced labour, forced criminality, or domestic servitude. Sadly, these figures are only the tip of the iceberg - there are still thousands of children experiencing horrific exploitation and they need your help now.

Child trafficking is happening right here, right now.

With more victims coming forward, the demand for ECPAT UK’s assistance has never been greater, but we are struggling to support everyone who needs us - young people like Hanh*. 

ECPAT UK HanhAged 15, Hanh* was homeless in Vietnam when she was approached by two women who offered to help her. Instead, they drugged her and Hanh was trafficked to the UK where she was sexually exploited for two months. One day, she seized an opportunity to escape and found a police station. She was identified as a victim of trafficking and safeguarded, but remained vulnerable with no specialist support to help her recover. Hanh was scared and didn’t know who to trust, but with the support she receives at ECPAT UK’s youth group, she is rebuilding her life.

‘The youth group has made a big difference to my life and my future. At the group, they help me deal with all the difficulties I have. Without ECPAT UK I would not be who I am today – I’m really grateful to be able to develop my skills, confidence and independence.’

Donate today to help young people rebuild their lives and find hope for the future.

Our work with children and young people like Hanh is central to everything we do - from campaigning and lobbying governments to training frontline professionals - but we urgently need more funding to continue this important work.
We believe that all children have the right to a life free from abuse. With your help, we can support child victims of trafficking to rebuild their lives, and campaign to protect children everywhere from trafficking and exploitation.

Make a one-off or regular donation

£25 could give a young victim of trafficking an hour of practical advice and emotional support from our expert youth workers

£50 could pay for a workshop for young victims that develops their skills for the future

£100 could help us to publish a report on child trafficking to improve protection of victims

£200 could pay for a confidence-building group activity or trip for young victims of trafficking