MP backs campaign to snare perverts who use kids for porn and sex

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A WEARSIDE MP has showed her support for a campaign to combat child trafficking.

Sharon Hodgson, Labour MP for Washington and Sunderland West threw her support behind the campaign run by the group End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT) together with the Body Shop.

Ms Hodgson said: “I was heartened to hear about the excellent work that ECPAT UK and The Body Shop are doing to tackle the trafficking of children and young people for exploitation of many kinds.

“This appalling form of modern-day slavery must be stamped out and I am very happy to support such efforts by putting my name to the petition. I also call on everyone in Sunderland who is concerned about this disgusting practice to get online and get involved in the campaign too.”

Christine Beddoe, director of ECPAT UK said: “Children who have been trafficked will often have faced appalling situations of exploitation and abuse.

“They desperately need the support of a designated adult who can take decisions on the child’s behalf and ensure they have access to safe accommodation, education and the medical, practical and legal support they need to help rebuild their lives.”

For more information log on to www.ecpat.org.uk