Barnstaple Mayor lends campaign a hand

THE Mayor of Barnstaple has added his hand in support of a national campaign to stop the sex trafficking of children and young people. Cllr Ian Roome joined high profile celebrities including Joanna Lumley and Sienna Miller by adding his handprint to the

THE Mayor of Barnstaple has added his hand in support of a national campaign to stop the sex trafficking of children and young people.

Cllr Ian Roome joined high profile celebrities including Joanna Lumley and Sienna Miller by adding his handprint to the "Stop" campaign and signing a petition being spearheaded by The Body Shop and charity ECPAT UK.

According to campaigners, human trafficking is now the third largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world. They estimate that 1.8million children across the world are trafficked for sex in virtually every country, including the UK. Some of these children are as young as five years old.

The petition calls for the UK Government to offer greater care and protection to child victims of trafficking by ensuring that every child is provided with a guardian to look after them.


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Barnstaple High Street's The Body Shop manager, Beth Hill, said: "Children from more than 50 countries are trafficked into the UK on a regular basis primarily for sexual exploitation.

"Even if they are lucky enough to escape their torment, identified trafficked children are often left without support and previous research has shown that over half of these children go missing from local authority care and are never found.

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"We need your help to stop these vulnerable children from suffering any more. We are asking the people of North Devon to raise their hands to stop this injustice and sign our petition in their local store or by visiting our website www.thebodyshop.com/stop.

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