The free conference, described by the BBC as a ‘major international summit’, aims to bring together the global community of those who are working to end the trafficking and exploitation of children.

For three days between 16 – 18 October 2013 the conference will bring together private sector, third sector and public sector professionals and practitioners representing the business, education, government, health care, law enforcement and non-profit sectors from across the globe.

Although registration and participation is free, and attendees will have the chance to connect and share and learn from others in the field, the conference has over 40 webinars from high profile speakers and organisations including; Joy Ngozi Ezeilo (UN), Maria Grazia Giammarinero (OSCE), Dr. Myria Vassiliadou (EU), Unicef, ECPAT, Save the Children, AFRUCA and Barnardo’s.

Co-founder Ané Auret commented “Through the Conference we will facilitate a platform where the Counter Child Trafficking community can increasingly reach and relate to others beyond country borders and language groups, where they can share ideas, make connections, build genuine partnerships and find and create new opportunities to collaborate. The potential for collective action through digital empowerment is enormous and means we can help develop and disseminate information in a free and accessible way.”

Human trafficking is a $32 billion-a-year industry and is on the rise globally. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reports that as of 2012, there were an estimated 20.9 million victims of trafficking worldwide. Human trafficking has surpassed the illegal sale of arms and is forecast to surpass the illegal sale of drugs by 2018.

If you would like to find out more visit www.counterchildtrafficking.org