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Press releases archive


Press releases 2010

ECPAT UK calls on the UK Government to opt in to EU Trafficking Directive

The approval of the EU Directive on Trafficking by the European Parliament (14/12/10) has been welcomed by ECPAT UK who campaign to improve protection for children who have been trafficked. The Directive specifically makes provision for trafficked children to be provided with a guardian or special representative, echoing ECPAT UK’s current campaign which calls on the UK Government to introduce a system of guardianship.

ECPAT UK calls for cross-government strategy to deal with British sex offenders who abuse children overseas

The sentencing this week of Barry McCloud for child abuse offences is a welcome breakthrough towards achieving greater justice for children exploited by British sex offenders who travel overseas. Earlier this year McCloud pleaded guilty to a series of disturbing child abuse offences involving a young girl in India. McCloud befriended the family in Goa gaining their trust in order to access their daughter who was aged between nine and ten when she was raped and sexually abused. McCloud has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation that he serve a minimum of seven years.

ECPAT UK calls for improved international coordination to monitor travelling child sex offenders

British national, Matthew John Harland, 38, is facing trial today (19/11/2010) at Phnom Penh Municipal Court in Cambodia on charges relating to child sexual abuse. Harland is on trial for the purchase of sex from children and committing indecent acts towards children. The verdict is expected to be announced on 6 December 2010. Under Cambodia's anti-human trafficking law, Harland could face a prison sentence of 7 to 15 years if found guilty.

ECPAT UK's new report calls on government to make child trafficking part of history

On the occasion of the first UK Anti-Slavery Day, (18th October), ECPAT UK has published a report highlighting the alarming incidence of child trafficking in the UK today, and the failings of UK authorities to combat the problem. The report, entitled Child Trafficking in the UK: A snapshot, provides a concise overview of this alarming form of child exploitation, which requires urgent attention and action.

ECPAT UK calls for urgent review of travelling child sex offenders

On September 5th 2010, Cambodian police arrested a 50 year old British national 'ML' on charges of child abuse. 'ML' was previously arrested in April 2005, also in Cambodia, on similar crimes of child sexual abuse, but was acquitted due to two of the three victims dropping their complaint. At the time, 'ML' gained access to his victims by posing as a medical doctor in an orphanage and was reported to be working for the UK Government.

Stars across the globe raise their hands to stop child trafficking

New research out today shows one in five British adults still don’t believe that children are trafficked to the UK. In reality, hundreds of children from over 50 countries – some as young as 11 years old – are exploited in the UK every year. A petition calling for the UK Government to put the safety and wellbeing of young victims of trafficking at the heart of their plans launches today spearheaded by ECPAT UK and The Body Shop with the support of stars from around the world including Rob Lowe, Matt LeBlanc, Yoko Ono, Joanna Lumley, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Sir Ben Kingsley.

ECPAT UK criticises court verdict on child sex tourism case - 18th June 2010

The case against former teacher 'PM' (63) was thrown out of Bristol Crown Court this week (15th June) by a Judge who is out of touch with international child sex tourism offences. Gloucestershire police who had been investigating the case against 'PM' for horrendous child sex crimes in India had requested extra time by the court because of delays in getting evidence from India. In a shock decision, Judge Roach refused and threw the case out.

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