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Press releases archive


Press releases 2012

National Referral Mechanism at the heart of PAHT debate in Warsaw

20 April 2012
The Polish Parliament has hosted the fourth event of the Parliamentarians Against Human Trafficking (PAHT) project, a one-day parliamentary seminar on the National Referral Mechanism for victims of trafficking.

PAHT Warsawl-r  ECPAT UK's Stana Buchowska, the Human Trafficking Foundation's Anthony Steen, the former Prime Minister of Poland Mr Leszek Miller, Lady Butler-Sloss, Ryszard Kalisz MP

Italian senate hosts third seminar of the PAHT project

Rome seminar

The third event of the Parliamentarians Against Human Trafficking (PAHT) project was held last Thursday, 22 March 2012, in the Italian Parliament, Rome. Hosted by the Italian Senate, the seminar provided a forum for parliamentarians from across Europe to meet with NGOs, law enforcement representatives and experts on human trafficking to discuss anti-trafficking legislation on protection of victims.

Police uncover suspected child exploitation ring in Oxford

22 March 2012

ECPAT UK welcomes today’s arrests of 12 men in Oxford as part of an operation targeting child exploitation offences.

Operation Bullfinch by Thames Valley Police is an investigation into the exploitation of 24 girls aged between 11 and 16 years old in Oxford. Police have said they believe they have uncovered an organised crime group “running a business of selling young girls for sex” over a six-year period.

Romanian family members found guilty of trafficking seven-year-old child

13 March 2012

ECPAT UK welcomes the convictions of members of a family who trafficked a seven-year-old girl into the UK to work as a servant.

Husband and wife Aurel-Ilie Zlatea, 45, and Alexandra Oaie, 44, who are both originally from Romania, were found guilty at Croydon Crown Court on 8 March of human trafficking, assault, and neglect of the young victim at their house in Wood Green, north London.

ECPAT UK campaign success – UK Government to close the ‘3-day loophole’ on overseas travel by British sex offenders

8th March 2012
PassportThe UK Government has announced that it will close the ‘3-day loophole’ in the Sexual Offences Act (2003), which currently allows registered British sex offenders to travel abroad for up to three days without having to notify the authorities of their intention to do so.

Closing the ‘3-day loophole’ has been an ECPAT UK campaign call since 2006. We therefore welcome the Government’s decision, taken on 5 March 2012, as it will force registered British sex offenders to notify the police of any foreign travel plans.

UK must sign up to latest Optional Protocol on international children's rights legislation

28th February 2012
Palais des Nations, Geneva
The Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on a complaints mechanism for children is opening for signature.

Care for child victims of trafficking set to be reviewed

ECPAT UK welcomes the Government’s decision to ask the Children’s Commissioner for England to conduct a review of how child victims of trafficking are looked after when they are rescued in the UK.

PAHT project holds Good Practice Exchange in The Hague

The Hague seminar
On 26 January, Parliamentarians Against Human Trafficking (PAHT) held the second event of the two-year project - a Good Practice Exchange - in The Hague, Netherlands. The event was hosted by the Eerste Kamer der Staten Generaal (the Senate), Parliament of the Netherlands and was attended by 32 participants from across the European Union.

Five women storm into the record books with Atlantic row for ECPAT UK

Debbie arrival

21st January, 2012

At about 8.20pm today (GMT-4), Row for Freedom, a five-woman rowing team fundraising for two anti-trafficking charities, arrived in Barbados after spending 45 days crossing the Atlantic Ocean unaided – setting two new world records.

ECPAT UK welcomes end of 'gentleman's agreement' to return trafficked children to France

17 January 2012

ECPAT UK was shocked and saddened to learn that children who had been trafficked into the UK for exploitation were sent immediately back to France due to a secret ‘gentleman’s agreement’ that had been in place for at least 16 years.

The Landing in Dover report from Maggie Atkinson, the Children’s Commissioner for England & Wales, discovered that unaccompanied children arriving into Kent were returned to France if they did not apply for asylum straightaway. This was despite the fact that many of the children were often ill, hungry, tired and traumatised – a clear breach of the safeguarding measures imposed by the United Nations Rights of the Child legislation and government safeguarding guidance.

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