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Press releases archive


Press releases 2013

Child trafficker convicted, but who is helping the victims?

Photo of UsiobaifoECPAT UK welcomes the sentencing this week of convicted child trafficker Odosa Usiobaifo, at Isleworth Crown Court following a four-week trial. Usiobaifo was jailed for the maximum penalty of 14 years after being found guilty of conspiring to traffick for the purposes of sexual exploitation.

While this conviction sends a strong message that child traffickers cannot get away with abusing children, it is imperative that the UK also provides support and protection to those children who have been trafficked.

PAHT seminar in Sweden on regional cooperation by police in the fight against human trafficking

Working together across the EU is essential to fight human trafficking, and in particular cooperation amongst the police is critical. Their place on the frontline gives them a key position to take action to end human trafficking, protect the victims and punish the traffickers.

The work of police and prosecutors will be the focus at the next event of Parliamentarians Against Human Trafficking (PAHT) project, taking place in the Swedish Parliament on Friday 15 March. Featuring over 30 MPs, leading NGO experts, police officers and prosecutors, participants will share their experiences of best practices in working together to tackle this crime and protect victims of trafficking.

Clegg urged to defend vital crime-fighting powers

Nick Clegg4 March 2013

ECPAT UK will today urge Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Primie Minister Nick Clegg (left) to protect the UK’s ability to fight crime at home and abroad.

Deputy Director Colin Walker is teaming with Justice Across Borders, Maggie Hughes, mother of former footballer Robbie Hughes who was a victim of a serious crime in Greece, former Crime Watch presenter Nick Ross, and Director of Anti-Slavery International Aidan McQuade, to ask Mr Clegg to protect vital measures, including the European arrest warrant, Europol, and Eurojust.

Row for Freedom team announced as ECPAT UK Children's Champion

Row for Freedom teamOn the anniversary of the completion of their double world record-breaking crossing of the Atlantic, ECPAT UK is delighted to name the Row for Freedom team as winners of our annual Children's Champion award.

The team of five women successfully rowed, unassisted, across the Atlantic Ocean at the end of 2011 to raise funds for ECPAT UK and raise awareness of child trafficking (pictured above R-L Debbie Beadle, Kate Richardson, Julia Immonen, Helen Leigh, Katie Pattison-Hart).

Spain hosts ‘Parliamentarians Against Human Trafficking’ seminar on child trafficking

As part of our ongoing efforts to combat the trafficking of children, ECPAT UK will be hosting the next event of its ground-breaking project, Parliamentarians Against Human Trafficking (PAHT), in Madrid on Friday 18th January.  Featuring over 40 MPs and leading experts, experiences and examples of good practice in combating child trafficking from across Europe will be shared. Together with its project partners, which include the Human Trafficking Foundation, ECPAT UK is determined that this initiative will help EU member states meet their legal obligations to fight child trafficking, and that more coordinated and effective approaches to tackling this crime are adopted. 

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