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 the British prime minister at 10 Downing Street.
Signed by an incredible 735,889 people – including stars such as Ricky Gervais, Sienna Miller, Nicole Kidman, and Elizabeth Hurley – the petition is the largest to be received by the coalition and calls for greater protection of child victims of trafficking. Other celebrity supporters included Matt LeBlanc, Robert Pattinson, Joanna Lumley, Yoko Ono, Naomi Campbell, Sir Ben Kingsley, Claudia Winkleman, Lily Cole, Pixie Lott and Craig David.
ECPAT UK – End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes – is active in research, campaigning and lobbying government to prevent child exploitation and protect children in tourism and child victims of trafficking. ECPAT UK & The Body Shop are campaigning together against child trafficking.
“Hundreds of vulnerable children are trafficked into the U.K. from over 52 countries,” said Martine McCutcheon. “Even those who are identified are often left without proper care and support. I believe this is unacceptable.”
Find out more about the petition here.