The practice of child trafficking and modern slavery in the 21st century at the level that it exists is one of the most appalling and shameful indictments of the worldwide human condition.

Bharti Patel is CEO of ECPAT UK. Bharti has more than fifteen years’ experience working to address human rights abuses around the world, leading high-profile research, campaigning and advocacy organisations in the UK and India. Bharti’s passion to challenge the root causes of child exploitation and abuse underpins her leadership role with ECPAT UK, where she has overseen important changes to law and policy in the area of child protection and trafficking prevention. In the UK, Bharti’s prior achievements include successfully lobbying for Britain’s first-ever national minimum wage legislation and helping secure basic employment rights for low-paid and part-time workers. In India, Bharti worked on sustainable development programmes addressing the strengthening of food, water and livelihood security for vulnerable communities. An accomplished speaker and writer, Bharti has featured widely in the British print and broadcast media, and is regularly quoted in articles on poverty, inequality, child trafficking and child protection.

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