#Human Rights
South London Press
United Kingdom

Human trafficking is the world's fastest growing crime, with many victims being women who are transported to the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

Newspapers are unwittingly fuelling this trade by advertising these women for sale. Research has demonstrated that most customers access sexual services through adverts in their local papers.

Many of the women who 'work' in brothels are forced into a brutal life of prostitution, subjected to a daily existence of violence, rape and abuse.

South London Press claims it is an independent family-owned newspaper, yet not only gives a platform to slave traders to advertise women's bodies, but reaps the financial benefits from their illegal and abhorrent activities.

One of the largest newspaper publishers in the UK took the lead in July 2008 by banning all 'adult services' advertisements in all 305 of its titles nationwide.

Newsquest, whose titles include the South London Guardian series, became convinced of the explicit link between the adverts and women being trafficked for sex.

They set a precedent by making a stand and refusing to be a complicit partner in the sexual exploitation of women.

Evidence of brothels containing trafficked women who have been bought, sold, enslaved and abused has been gathered in the London boroughs of Wandsworth, Merton, Croydon and beyond.

We, the undersigned, condemn the modern day slavery of human trafficking for sexual exploitation and will NOT condone it in our communities.

We call upon the South London Press to follow the lead of Newsquest and end immediately and permanently all adult service advertisements in their publications.

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The Stop South London Press Advertising Brothels petition to South London Press was written by WCAT and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.