NEWS DIGEST: 5 SEPTEMBER

Third Sector's pick of today's top news stories, from a sex trafficking charity's claim that London brothels make up to £130m a year to a call for children's right to say 'no' to circumcision.

Charity urges changes in treatment of mental health problems
Young people with mental health problems should have a say in how they are treated, according to a study by YoungMinds. The mental health charity's research shows that 97 per cent of mental health professionals, parents and young people believe the patient should have a say in his or her treatment, but YoungMinds claims this rarely happens. It plans to launch a national programme that will provide training and information, set standards and raise awareness among mental health professionals of the need to include young people in their treatment.
See Guardian.co.uk for full story

Housing charity praises Government for helping home owners
A Christian housing charity has praised the Government's recent efforts to kick-start the housing market, but claims much more still needs to be done. Alastair Murray, regions coordinator at Housing Justice, said: "The measures announced by the Government do not do enough for those people who are struggling and in danger of repossession. More needs to be done to prevent repossession increasing."
See Totalcatholic.com for full story

London brothels ‘make up to £130m a year'

A London charity has claimed that brothels offering sex for as little as £15 can be found all over London. The Poppy Project, which campaigns against the trafficking of women, sent out teams of researchers who posed as clients and called numbers listed in local newspapers. The charity believes that some London brothels make between £50m and £130m a year.
See Reuters UK for full story

Jail for bogus fundraiser

A Staffordshire woman who posed as a charity collector for an air ambulance service has been jailed for four-and-a-half months. Sandra Griffiths, who is believed to have stolen about £2,000, visited pubs and clubs around the county and had a fake identity card identifying her as a County Air Ambulance fundraiser. She pleaded guilty to a charge of fraud and one of going equipped to cheat.
See BBC News for full story

Charity warns against increase of GM crops
An organic gardening charity has warned that the rising cost of food could result in more genetically modified crops being sold in the UK. Garden Organic, a horticulture research centre based in Warwickshire, said the Government was likely to consider introducing GM crops as a way of solving escalating food costs. Myles Bremner, chief executive of the charity, said the organic sector was facing huge challenges from both the feared introduction of GM crops and the current slowdown in organic sales.
See RedOrbit for full story

Call for children's right to say ‘no' to circumcision
Norm-UK claims that parents should not be allowed to circumcise a child on grounds of faith without the child's consent. Laura MacDonald, a trustee of Norm-UK, said: "We are not calling for a ban on Jewish or Muslim parents circumcising their sons, but we are asking them to reconsider and wait until the child is old enough to give his consent."
See Guardian.co.uk for full story

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