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Press releases archive


Press releases 2011

ECPAT UK features in BBC ‘witchcraft’ report

The BBC has broadcast two special reports into the abusive practices of some African witchdoctors who are abducting and abusing children in the name of healing.

The first report, which was shown on BBC News at 10 on 12 October, focused on child sacrifice and mutilation in Uganda (watch the report here).

Designer bag to raise funds for ECPAT UK

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STOP bag
Nicole Kidman, Jamie Oliver and Joanna Lumley are among a group of celebrities who have pledged their support to ECPAT and The Body Shop’s campaign to stop child trafficking by donating their handprints to an exclusive bag designed by Tamara Mellon OBE – co-founder of Jimmy Choo.

Conviction of Michael Julian Leach, Cambodia

8 September 2011

ECPAT UK welcomes the news that the British national Michael Julian Leach has been convicted and sentenced by the Cambodian authorities for a total of 12 years' imprisonment for the sexual abuse of three Cambodian children, one as young as 10 years old. The court also ordered that Leach will have to pay compensation to one of the children. The other two children have already received compensation. 

ECPAT UK launches National Training Centre

National Training CentreECPAT UK is to open a National Training Centre in central London, offering a range of comprehensive training courses and seminars essential for all practitioners working with children. The National Training Centre will open on the 5 September at its base in Victoria, London. It will offer a training programme that will support and develop good practice in safeguarding children.

The UK must fully commit to combating child abuse and exploitation

In the last week in the UK, there have been several cases in the media of child abuse and exploitation. Although the UK does have robust legislation to combat child abuse, these cases show that these crimes are still occurring.

The case of Derek Slade, as reported in a BBC documentary this week demonstrates how the UK is failing to monitor convicted child sex offenders, leaving children both in the UK and overseas vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. Derek Slade was convicted of sexual offences against children in the UK, yet was able to go on to establish and work at schools overseas and abuse more child victims.

Focus of government’s new trafficking strategy will not help victims

The Government’s new anti-trafficking strategy places too much emphasis on border control and not enough on victim protection, says a coalition of charities.

Despite the positive step by the Government to agree to opt in to the EU Trafficking Directive earlier this year, ECPAT UK, Anti-Slavery International and Stop the Traffik are worried that the new strategy does not contain the necessary details to offer effective protection for trafficked people. In particular, the Government strategy has failed to address the complex nature of child trafficking and the fact that many of the perpetrators of violence and sexual abuse are already living here in the UK. The proposed awareness raising campaigns in ‘source’ countries are likely to be ineffectual and the lack of a guardianship scheme will mean trafficked children remain vulnerable.

ECPAT UK welcomes conviction for trafficking children out of the UK

ECPAT UK welcomes the conviction today of Anthony Harrison for trafficking a 14 and a 16 year old girl, imprisoning them in his London home before attempting to traffic them to Spain and Greece to be sexually exploited.

This conviction is the first for trafficking children out from the UK and shows the link between trafficking and children going missing from Local Authority care. The UK is not only a destination country, but also a transit country for child trafficking.

Martine McCutcheon supports ECPAT UK call for guardianship for child victims of trafficking

ECPAT UK and The Body Shop were joined by celebrity campaign supporter Martine McCutcheon on 12th May 2011 to hand over the Stop Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People Petition to 10 Downing Street. Signed by an incredible 735,889 Britons, the petition is the largest to be received by the coalition government and calls for the introduction of a system of guardianship for child victims of trafficking.

Martine McCutcheon at Trafalgar Square for petition handover

What would guardianship mean for children who are trafficked?

British child sex offenders convicted of child abuse in India

ECPAT UK welcomes the conviction by the Supreme Court in Mumbai of two UK nationals Duncan Grant and Alan John Waters, each sentenced to six years imprisonment for sodomy and sexually abusing five boys in the Anchorage orphanage, Mumbai. ECPAT UK has been monitoring this case since the 1990s when the first allegations of sexual abuse were made by children in the Anchorage Orphanage, a shelter for homeless boys, set up by Grant in 1995.

UK must take urgent action to prevent British offenders abusing children in the UK and abroad

ECPAT UK has published a new report, ‘Off the Radar: Protecting children from British sex offenders who travel,’ which calls for a cross–government strategy to deal effectively with the investigation and prosecution of child sexual offences committed abroad. The report highlights the government’s inability to produce accurate numbers of how many British nationals have been prosecuted for sexual offences against children overseas. Similarly the government is unable to confirm how many individuals have been prosecuted in the UK under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for sexual crimes against children outside the UK.

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