STOP Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People

No doubt you’ve been to The Body Shop. Even if you’re just passing by the store you can’t help but be drawn in by the soothing fragrances. I’ve been shopping at The Body Shop since the days when bath beads were popular and the “Extinct is Forever” Against Animal Testing t-shirts were a huge trend (circa 1995). Ever since its launch as a public company in 1985, The Body Shop has been committed to effecting social change. To learn more about their campaign history click here.

In 2009 The Body Shop launched a new campaign, partnering with ECPAT International to STOP Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People. Since its launch less than 2 year ago the campaign has gained the support of more than 40 countries worldwide. Proceeds from The Body Shop’s Soft Hands Kinds Heart hand cream was donated to ECPAT International and other organizations that fight trafficking.

In 2010 the campaign launched a petition calling upon governments to implement strict anti-trafficking policies and legislation, and to dedicate more resources to help victims of trafficking. The objective is to join hands with thousands of other signatories around the world by taking the petitions to the United Nations in 2011.

To date, the campaign petition has collected nearly five million signatures globally. The STOP campaign has overtaken The Body Shop’s iconic petition against animal testing. Wow!

If you haven’t already, you can make a difference by signing this petition and become a part of campaign history!

If you have already signed the petition, thank you! You can still help by sharing the link with your friends and family. Just click on the above link to take you to The Body Shop campaign petition website.

In response to this growing trade, The Body Shop has launched a global campaign to Stop Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People. Working alongside ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) the campaign aims to raise awareness and vital funds for victims or those at risk of trafficking. 

Since its launch in 2009, Stop Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People has gathered support in more than 40 countries worldwide. In New York and Toronto, hundreds of people rallied to the cause with organised marches. In Thailand, The Body Shop customers wrote personal messages of support to victims of trafficking at the ECPAT Foundation Shelter. And in Denmark, store staff raised awareness by handing out leaflets in the city’s red light district.

2009 also saw the launch of The Body Shop® Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream. Proceeds from each hand cream sold* are donated to ECPAT and other organisations that support victims of trafficking and help to fund prevention programmes. With one sold globally every 30 seconds**, Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream has already raised a staggering £1m for charity.

So what’s next? This summer we’ll be launching a petition calling upon governments to implement strict anti-trafficking policies and legislation, and dedicate more resources to help victims of trafficking. It doesn’t end there. Because this is a global campaign, our objective is to join hands with thousands of other signatories around the world by taking our petitions to the United Nations in 2011.

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