Join hands with The Body Shop and ECPAT to Stop Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People.

The Body Shop is using its global presence in more than 60 countries to support the experts working to bring an end to the global trade in children and young people for sexual purposes. Its stores bring the Stop Sex Trafficking of Children & Young People campaign issue to public attention, in collaboration with ECPAT International.

The Body Shop customers can purchase a specially developed “Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream” with proceeds going to their local ECPAT partner.

The use of children and young people as commodities to be bought, sold, transported and re-sold for sexual exploitation, prostitution, pornography and forced marriage, was described by Dame Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop, as a ‘modern-day slave trade’, just three days before her death in 2007. Her passion has led directly to The Body Shop launching a global campaign to Stop Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People in partnership with ECPAT. The campaign aims to bring about Anita’s vision of empowering people, so that together we can end this global human rights abuse.

A full report detailing a plan of action was launched by The Body Shop and ECPAT International in Thailand on August 13, 2009. View the launch here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/1975309

1. No child should be trafficked or sexually exploited. Every child is entitled to full protection from all forms of exploitation and trafficking.

2. However, child sex trafficking happens everywhere – this problem exists within every country throughout the world.

3. We all have a duty to join hands to Stop the Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People, and ensure each child can grow-up in a safe environment.

4. The Body Shop and ECPAT are committed to helping stop sex trafficking globally.

5. For further information please go to see our website: www.thebodyshop.com/stop