I interrupt this blog for an important announcement…

It’s easy to think that make-up and beauty blogging is a bit of a frivolous endeavour that doesn’t really matter – but as Spiderman’s Grandad Uncle once said “With great power comes great responsibility”

Granted…. that’s not totally relevant but wanted to throw it in there. I don’t mean that us beauty bloggers have great powers (although some of you can apply some mean eyeliner) but it is good to see that we can use the fact that we have an audience to raise awareness of important issues.

This is one of those times.

Did you know that today (18th October) is Anti Slavery Day?

You wouldn’t be blamed for now thinking ‘hang on, slavery was stopped years ago?’, but sadly this isn’t the case. Despite was abolished in the UK in 1834, more than 2.5 million people trafficked every year, human trafficking is the world’s third-largest criminal industry after illegal drugs and guns, with a staggering 1.2 million children and young people are estimated to be trafficked each year and sexually abused.

Pretty staggering figures, when most people would have thought slavery was abolished 200 years ago. Marking today as Anti-Slavery Day is a way to raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking and the modern day slave trade.

UK charity ECPAT (ECPAT UK stands for End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) is working with The Body Shop to help further this awareness and turn it into action.

ECPAT UK and The Body Shop launched a petition in July calling for the UK Government to offer safety and well being to young victims of sex trafficking, in particular specifically calling for greater care and protection to child victims of trafficking by ensuring every child is provided with a guardian to look after them. The petition is part of the “Stop Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People” campaign.

If you haven’t already signed up, please I would encourage you to click HERE to sign the petition and put one more name down in support of ending the crime of human trafficking.

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2 Comments

  1. Emily
    October 18, 2010 / 5:28 pm

    Uncle. Ben was Peter Parker’s uncle.

    …hmm, I think I need a priority check here.

  2. ifoundpablo
    October 18, 2010 / 7:49 pm

    Great post and a good message!

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