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Press releases archive


Press releases 2014

Campaign spotlight: Child trafficking and the Modern Slavery Bill

22 December 2014

Thank you to everyone for your overwhelming support in 2014 to help protect trafficked children. To close the year, we repost here a campaign film on identifying and supporting child victims of trafficking, featuring Chloe Setter, Head of Advocacy, Policy & Campaigns, and Debbie Beadle, Head of Youth Development. 

UK offender Simon Harris found guilty of child sexual abuse in Kenya

16 December 2014 

A Birmingham court has today found former public school teacher and overseas charity executive Simon Harris guilty of seven sexual offences against children while working in Kenya. 

Leading children’s rights charity ECPAT UK has welcomed the conviction of the offender under rarely used extraterritorial powers in the UK’s sexual offences legislation. Bharti Patel, CEO of ECPAT UK, said: “Bringing Simon Harris to justice, finally, following abuse against vulnerable children in the UK and Kenya in the 80s and 90s, is a positive outcome and we commend the justice system here in the UK.

Young leaders promote responsible digital citizenship at ECPAT conference

19 November 2014

Make-IT-Safe Berlin Conference

Young people from across the European Union shared their recommendations for improved digital citizenship amongst children and young people at the final Make IT Safe conference in November 2014. 

The “peer experts” discussed their two-year journeys training in peer-to-peer online safety and called for stronger preventative work against online child exploitation through youth development and government action.

Don't derail modern slavery fight, anti-trafficking campaigners urge Prime Minister

18 November 2014

ECPAT campaign for European justice against traffickingUPDATE: Last week, MPs voted overwhelmingly for the UK to keep vital powers that help fight transnational child exploitation and trafficking.

Thanks to the help of more than 2,000 ECPAT UK supporters, the Prime Minister and Members of Parliament heard just how powerful European provisions such as Joint Investigations Teams are in helping us clamp down on cross-border crimes of modern slavery.

Thousands of children at risk online, according to new poll

14 November 2014

ECPAT UK runs a peer-to-peer project with young people on online safety

ECPAT UK today expressed great concern over recent evidence showing a persistent rise in numbers of children reporting experience of cyberbullying and abuse online.

Thousands of teenagers, including many aged 15 or under, are using the messaging service Snapchat and the dating app Tinder every day, according to the study by internet security firm McAfee. 

ECPAT UK names leading solicitor Children's Champion 2014

31 October 2014

Kalvir Kaur, winner of the 2014 Children's Champion awardLeading refugee children's solicitor Kalvir Kaur has been presented with the 2014 ECPAT UK Children's Champion award. 

Kalvir, Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in 2008, is lauded as an ‘unsung hero’ in the anti-trafficking field for her work representing child victims of trafficking for over a decade.

ECPAT UK launches new publication on child trafficking

21 October 2014

Frequently Asked Questions on Child Trafficking publicationECPAT UK today published a new booklet to empower practitioners, campaigners, students and the general public to ensure the needs of trafficked children are considered at every level of UK society.

Launched to coincide with Anti-Slavery Day 2014, FAQs on Child Trafficking provides insight into the frontline issues and questions identified by ECPAT UK in daily interactions with practitioners and children who have been trafficked.

ECPAT UK teams with UK Border Force for Anti-Slavery Day

17 October 2014

ECPAT UK will help host heightened anti-trafficking activities at all five London Heathrow Airport terminals to mark the fourth Anti-Slavery Day (18 October) today and tomorrow.

Specialist anti-trafficking charities, including ECPAT UK, will team up with Border Force officials to raise awareness of human trafficking and support Heathrow staff and passengers to help keep vulnerable children and adults safe at UK airports.

No justice for trafficking victims forced into crime, new report says

30 September 2014

Race In Europe project on trafficking for forced criminal activitiesThe UK and neighbouring European states fail to protect thousands of adults and children trafficked and forced into crime, according to a new study by the RACE in Europe Project.

Authored by a group of leading human rights NGOs, including ECPAT UK and Anti-Slavery International, the report, Trafficking for Forced Criminal Activities and Begging in Europe, reveals that many victims who have been trafficked for criminal exploitation suffer prosecution and imprisonment, while their traffickers evade punishment.

The findings also show that the issue is more widespread than previously reported, with potentially thousands of victims being exploited through a variety of criminal activities.

Urgent action needed to tackle rise in child trafficking, ECPAT UK warns

30th September 2014

Modern slavery in the UK has risen by 22% in the past year, with at least 602 potential child victims of trafficking being identified in 2013 and many more children going undiscovered, according to official figures released today.

ECPAT UK warned that the statistics, from the National Crime Agency’s UK Human Trafficking Centre, were only indicative of a much wider problem and that urgent action was needed to prevent child trafficking, protect its victims and prosecute those abusing children in the UK and overseas.

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