Our client The Body Shop has, in conjunction with ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purpose) run a campaign to end the sex trafficking of children. The campaign has become a truly global phenomenon: the petition supporting it has amassed over 6 million signatures worldwide, with 2.3million of those from across Europe.
The handover of the Europe-wide petition to Commissioner Cecilia Malmström is taking place on June 28th at 11am at the Berlaymont. The petition want the European Commission to put pressure on Member States to speed up the implementation of the EU Directive on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting victims. Despite the gravity of the topic, previous handovers have been good fun with cheerful processions, colourful handprints and marches stopping the traffic to make their point heard (here are some of the highlights from previous handovers across Europe and some photos of the London handover where Lollipop men and women from across the country stopped traffic to demonstrate their support for the campaign. We are hoping there will be an even bigger sea of yellow at the Brussels handover!
Feel free to join on the day (reminder: 11 am in front of the European Commission’s Berlaymont building) and add your voice to the call for an end to the sex trafficking of children.
There is more information and other handover photos on the Brussels event’s FB page and photos of the event next week will be on flikr afterwards.
Hope to see you on Tuesday.