Eurostar: Train Staff to Identify Human Trafficking on Trains
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Eurostar: Train Staff to Identify Human Trafficking on Trains

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      ECPAT UK

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August 2011

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Eurostar has agreed to work with ECPAT UK to train their staff to recognize and address human trafficking via their trains and to develop stronger policies for unaccompanied minors traveling via their trains. This commitment marks a huge step towards preventing the use of rail systems to traffic children.

Eurostar trains move students, tourists, and holiday makers through Europe with ease. But unfortunately, the train system may also be used to move child slaves, especially through St. Pancras station.

Children 12-17 can travel unaccompanied on Eurostar, as long as they have a note from a parent or guardian. Plus, the success of the Operation Paladin police unit at Heathrow is forcing traffickers to switch routes, some of them as switching to rail. But unlike the highly-trained team at Heathrow, there's no one at St. Pancras or other Eurostar stations. That means Eurostar is an attractive option for traffickers who want to move children from the U.K. to the European continent.

Eurostar has claimed this is an issue for the UK Border authority, ad they cannot refuse a minor the right to travel if they present the company with the appropriate travel documents. But activists sat the company should do more.

Eurostar should train key staff at all its stations to recognise and assist child trafficking victims and help the home office indentify and arrest human traffickers.

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    • Joanne Sgrignoli HARRISBURG, PA
      • about 3 years ago

      Eurostar should train key staff at all its stations to recognize and assist child trafficking victims and help the home office identify and arrest human traffickers.

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    • Julie Unruh LAWRENCE, KS
      • over 3 years ago

      Your train should be shut down, until people that run the train grow a concision.Selling children, is not being a good human

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