Feminism That Doesn't Challenge Male Entitlement Isn't Feminism

Caitlin Roper | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK
Caitlin Roper

The women's liberation movement is the one place that is ours, the one place where we can centre the interests of women, and we must be bold and unflinching as we challenge male entitlement to women's bodies. If men like our feminism and if it gives them erections, we're doing it wrong.

A Campaign Led by Young People Can Help Make the Difference in Stopping Slavery

Gordon Brown | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK
Gordon Brown

We have seen how thousands of Nepalese girls, forced onto the streets after the Nepal earthquake, have been trafficked into India and even sold into the United Kingdom. Gross abuses, including rape, have been reported in Iraq. We have heard, at first hand, how Syrian refugee girls as young as eight and nine have been forced into working for exploitative employers when they should be at school. And the plight of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram from their school two years ago in Nigeria's Borno province continues to haunt us.

Should the UK Help Trafficked Prostitutes in India?

Adrienne Macartney | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK
Adrienne Macartney

Delhi is dust. Fluid warmth. Polluted heat aching for monsoon. The baby in the puddle cries as I walk away. A rickshaw, all tinsel and paint, stutt...

Improving the Lives of Women and Girls Across Tea Communities

Sarah Roberts | Posted 05.03.2017 | UK
Sarah Roberts

Today is International Women's Day, a celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. The day also exists to remind people that globally there is still much to be done to accelerate gender parity.

Full Sex Industry Decriminalisation Puts Women's Rights Last

Janie Davies | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK
Janie Davies

Prostitution is the commodification of the bodies of women of girls. It is born out of the ideology that women are second-class citizens raised to service men. Decriminalisation would reinforce that, declaring that women's rights must come last. If you think that is acceptable, you cannot stand for women's rights, you cannot stand for women's liberation and you cannot stand for equality.

Marking a Landmark Day in Fight Against Trafficking

Matthew Reed | Posted 31.07.2016 | UK
Matthew Reed

Today marks a key point in the fight against slavery in the UK. With the Modern Slavery Act coming into force, law enforcement will have greater powers to target and prosecute traffickers and additional protection will be provided to the victims of this brutal crime.

Improving the Lives of Thousands of Children Living in Assam

Sarah Roberts | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
Sarah Roberts

I'm really pleased to announce a ground-breaking new partnership between Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) and UNICEF that will improve the lives of thousands of children and young people living in tea communities in Assam, and reduce their vulnerability to exploitation and trafficking.

The Government's Measures Need More Focus on Vulnerable Children

Matthew Reed | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Politics
Matthew Reed

This final Queen's Speech before the next general election has set out some important new opportunities to improve the lives of vulnerable children and the millions of families living in poverty across the country.

Prevention - The First Line of Defence Against Human Trafficking

Caroline Robinson | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Politics
Caroline Robinson

FLEX and others working in the field of human trafficking, support strong efforts to tackle this crime. However, too often politicians and activists eager to abolish 'modern day slavery' demonstrate a desire to 'unchain' or save victims from their enslavement, that focuses on the end point, rather than the beginning of the trafficking process.

Child Sex-Trafficking From UK On The Rise

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK

The number of UK-born children identified as being trafficked for sexual abuse more than doubled last year. Data released by the National Crime Age...

Human Trafficking: It's What We Don't Know That Is Most Disturbing

Javed Khan | Posted 30.12.2013 | UK Politics
Javed Khan

When you're dealing with victims of crime it can sometimes be what you don't know that's most disturbing. How many more of them are out there? What are the signs that we missed? Are we spotting others before it's too late? Nobody could have failed to be affected by the harrowing story of a 10-year-old girl trafficked from her home in Pakistan to Manchester.

Where Next For Maria?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.12.2013 | UK

The Bulgarian Roma family, wrongly thought to have abducted the mystery child Maria when she was found in Greece last week, are calling for her to be ...

Maria: Bulgarian Couple Confirmed As Mystery Girl's Parents

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.12.2013 | UK

DNA tests have confirmed that a Bulgarian Roma woman is the mother of the mystery child Maria, found in Greece last week. "DNA samples showed that ...

Roma Couple Charged With Abducting Mystery Girl

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK

A Roma couple have been formally charged with abducting a mystery girl who was found living with them in Greece. The couple, named locally as Hrist...

Syrian Exodus: Health, Help, Hypocrisy

Bidisha | Posted 06.06.2013 | UK

The invaluable and hard-hitting Women Under Seige project, which documents male sexual violence in conflict zones worldwide, has produced a striking article on Syria's rape crisis. Shockingly, Syrian women and girls fleeing sexual violence in their own country are encountering further abuse, appropriation and exploitation once they have left.

Slipping Through the Net: The Illegal Online Wildlife Trade

Divya Khan | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK Tech
Divya Khan

Though the illicit wildlife trade is nowhere near as large and lucrative as drugs or arms, it is there: The fact that people don't feel the need to resort as much to the Dark Web to sell ivory suggests that too many loopholes in the law around wildlife trade are allowing people to disguise illegal products as though they are perfectly legal.

Anti-Human Trafficking Measures 'In A State Of Crisis'

PA | Posted 10.03.2013 | UK

Efforts to tackle modern slavery in the UK, including the sexual exploitation of children, are in a state of crisis, a new report has claimed. The ...

Trafficked Women Forced To Work As Prostitutes, Drug Mules, Get 'No Protection' In UK Prisons

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.01.2013 | UK

Women who have been trafficked into the country to work as prostitutes, drug mules or domestic servants can end up in UK prisons without any protectio...

Girl 'Talked Out Of Rape Complaint

PA | Posted 17.01.2013 | UK

A 14-year-old girl who was beaten up and repeatedly raped by a man accused of being involved in a child prostitution ring was persuaded to drop her co...

13 Arrested In Child Trafficking Gang Which Groomed Girls As Young As 11

PA | Posted 23.03.2012 | UK

Detectives believe they have smashed a child trafficking gang preying on runaways as young as 11 for Britain's sex trade. Thirteen men were arreste...