The It’s a Penalty campaign messages reached 307 million people throughout the 2014 World Cup period
The campaign film was shown in flight on every British Airways flight for 3 months during the World Cup and seen by a global audience of 80,000 worldwide travellers
The campaign went global, reaching 233.1 million people through actual media
The British Football Association (FA) distributed the It’s a Penalty Campaign wristbands to every football fan traveling to Brazil from the UK for the World Cup
The Foreign & Common Wealth Office in the UK (FCO) distributed the campaign wristbands at London airports, including Gatwick and Heathrow
The campaign messages reached 37.8 million people via social media
The campaign also reached out for football fans at their arrival in Brazil through airport posters and billboards
More than 150 volunteers distributed leaflets to 70,895 football fans and tourists around stadiums in Brazil, equipping them with the Brazilian Child Protection helpline
The It’s a Penalty campaign film was seen by a targeted audience of 117,267 football fans in Brazil
11,252 calls were made throughout the World Cup period reporting cases of crimes against children
87 arrests were made during the World Cup of foreign nationals engaging in child abuse or exploitation
The World Cup 2014, known as the greatest sporting event in the world, attracted 600,000 football fans and tourists from all over the world to Brazil. It was set to be the greatest sporting event in the world, however, many unscrupulous people would use it as an opportunity to traffic children, dress them up to look older and exploit them in order to make money. The influx of visitors put vulnerable children and adolescents at risk of exploitation and abuse.
The key purpose of the It’s a Penalty campaign was to EDUCATE football fans and those travelling to Brazil for the World Cup with the vital message that payed-for sex with a minor (17 and under) is a crime, and those who commit it are subject to prosecution both in Brazil and in their home countries due to Extraterritorial Legislation, such as the UK’s Section 72 of the 2003 Sexual Offences Act; EQUIP foreign football fans and tourists with the necessary tools to report a crime while in Brazil; ENCOURAGE everyone that IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING by dialling the Brazilian child protection helpline.
The 2014 Campaign was supported by some of the biggest names in international football, the Metropolitan Police, the British Football Association (FA), the former British Prime Minister David Cameron, the National Crime Agency (CEOP-NCA), the UK and Brazilian Governments, the Brazilian Federal Police, UNICEF, A21, Jubilee Campaign and ECPAT.