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Press releases archive


Press releases 2012

ECPAT UK campaign calls raised in Parliamentary debate on first IDMG report on Human Trafficking

ECPAT UK attended a debate in Parliament on 20th December during which our campaign calls to improve support for child victims of trafficking were highlighted.

MPs gathered in Westminster Hall to debate the first annual report of the Inter-Departmental Ministerial Group (IDMG) on Human Trafficking. The debate was led by Peter Bone MP, the Joint-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Human Trafficking, with the Minister for Immigration, Mark Harper, representing the Government.

ECPAT UK welcomes Bharti Patel as new CEO

10th December 2012

Bharti Patel ECPAT UK CEOOn the occasion of International Human Rights Day, ECPAT UK is pleased to announce that Ms Bharti Patel has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective from 1st December 2012.

From her former leadership and management positions at high-profile campaigning organisation the Low Pay Unit and Svaraj, in India, Bharti brings more than 15 years of experience working to promote human rights.

ECPAT UK Youth Group wins coveted Youth Work Award

CYPN Awards 2012

30th November, 2012

ECPAT UK fought off tough competition from hundreds of nominees to take home the prestigious Youth Work Award at Children & Young People Now magazine’s annual prize ceremony in London last night.

The ECPAT UK Youth Group, a peer support group for child victims of trafficking, was shortlisted from more than 400 entrants for the Youth Work Award, which is sponsored by the National Youth Agency. The prize is given to the project that has done the most to promote young people’s development and help achieve their potential.

ECPAT UK welcomes new report on child exploitation in the UK

ECPAT UK welcomes the publication today of the Interim report of The Office of the Children’s Commissioner Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups, which discovered ‘more than 2,400 confirmed victims over 14 months, and 16,500 at severe risk of abuse over 12 months’. This begs the question, how many of these children are victims of trafficking?

ECPAT UK calls for greater protection for children from sexual abuse on International Children’s Day

ECPAT UK is marking International Children’s Day today by calling on the UK Government to do more to manage child sex offenders in light of the recent arrest of a British offender who had been on the run in Europe for more than 15 years.

Convicted child sex offender, Warwick Spinks, was caught on 15th November in the Czech Republic and returned to the UK after an international manhunt lasting nearly two decades. He was arrested on arrival at Heathrow by police officers from CEOP, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

ECPAT UK recommendations included in parliamentary report on child protection

ECPAT UK’s concerns over missing trafficked children and the need for a system of guardianship for child victims have been highlighted in the House of Commons Education Committee’s recent report into the child protection system in England. 

Victims’ courage helps to convict trafficker over Nigerian child sex ring

29 October 2012

OsolaseECPAT UK has today heralded the bravery of three teenage girls who gave evidence to convict a Kent man of trafficking for sexual exploitation in a case in which police believe there were up to 28 victims trafficked to the UK over a 14-month period.  We hope that this result will encourage police and prosecutors to do more to bring child traffickers to justice. This is vital to discourage others from committing these horrendous crimes in the future. 

Osezua Osolase, 42, of Gravesend (left), was today sentenced to 20 years in prison after a jury at Canterbury Crown Court found him guilty of trafficking for sexual exploitation, one count of rape and one count of sexual activity with a child.

More action needed to stop British travelling sex offenders abusing children abroad

18 October 2012

ECPAT UK today welcomed the launch of a new international tool to combat the sexual exploitation and abuse of children abroad by registered British sex offenders, but warns that even more must be done to tackle child sexual abuse.

The International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC), created by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and the ACPO Criminal Records Office, aims to help identify and screen out UK nationals with previous convictions for child sex abuse that make them unsuitable for work with children in international organisations, such as schools and orphanages, abroad.

UK Parliament hosts EU Anti-Trafficking Conference

MPs from across Europe are returning to their parliaments today following the Parliamentarians Against Human Trafficking annual conference, held in the Houses of Parliament, London on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 October.

We were delighted to welcome over 75 participants, including parliamentarians from 12 countries, together with European NGOs and experts in the field of trafficking from a further three countries.

Child trafficking in the UK on the increase, Government admits

18 October 2012 - Anti-Slavery Day

The UK Government has today, on the third national Anti-Slavery Day, admitted there has been an increase in the number of children being trafficked into the UK, which highlights the urgent need for direct action to tackle the growing problem.

ECPAT UK, which has campaigned for the rights of child victims of trafficking in the UK for more than 10 years, is demanding that the Government uses this opportunity to prove its commitment to the fight against human trafficking, in particular by introducing an independent Anti-Trafficking Commissioner and a system of guardianship to support child victims of trafficking.

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