Thursday, 14th June 2018

A new e-handbook on modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour features ECPAT UK alongside 50 other experts on the issues from across the Commonwealth. The handbook, produced by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA UK), is a comprehensive guide for parliamentarians and parliamentary officials on legislating effectively against crimes related to modern slavery.

Following a presentation by ECPAT UK’s CEO at a CPA UK legislative drafting seminar on modern slavery and human trafficking, ECPAT UK was called upon to author chapters on child sexual exploitation and the virtual trafficking of children online, drawing on our experience and expertise as a leading organisation campaigning against child trafficking and abuse.  

ECPAT UK’s contributions to the e-handbook cover international definitions and frameworks, as well as key policies to help shape national legislation across Commonwealth countries. In particular, the e-handbook will assist parliamentarians from countries including Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Pakistan to develop and review how modern slavery and human trafficking are legislated against in their jurisdictions.

Bharti Patel, CEO of ECPAT UK, said

“We are pleased to have contributed to this important tool for parliamentarians and NGOs from across the Commonwealth on best practice for protecting children against trafficking when framing legislation on modern slavery and child trafficking in their countries.

“Too often, child victims are overlooked in national responses to modern slavery. It is vital that all governments, including the UK, ensure legislation and policy addresses the specific needs of children, who are among the most vulnerable victims.”

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Sinead Geoghegan, Information, Media and Communications Officer, ECPAT UK: 020 7607 2136 [email protected]

Bharti Patel, CEO, ECPAT UK: 07402 113 985 [email protected]