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Join us for a night of musical entertainment on Wednesday 16th October, at 7.30 p.m. at Matthew's Yard, off Surrey Street, in Croydon CR0 1FF.
Featuring singer Sasha Fanthome, choir Kitsch in Sink, guitar duo Anamanda, and a host of local acts.
Tickets are juts £5 on the door and proceeds will go to CCAT.
For more information, call Anna on 07733 221 949.
Last Saturday, members of CCAT met at Tesco in Purley and, dressed in black and wearing red chains on their wrists and ankles, began to walk to Croydon.
Needless to say, they attracted a lot of attention, from passers-by as well as from cars driving past, some of which stopped so that their drivers could ask what was happening!
Finally they reached Croydon, with sore ankles and arms, having handed out hundreds of leaflets about our cause.
The most encouraging thing was that many people responded with an 'oh, I know about this!' compared with a 'what's trafficking?' response from a few years ago.
If you'd like to donate, please do so by clicking here.
Following on from the success of last year's showing of 'The Whistleblower' to commemorate Anti-Slavery Day in Croydon, CCAT are proud to announce the screening of 'Trafficked', a hard-hitting anti-trafficking film from Irish Director Ciaron O'Connor.
It will show at the Spread Eagle Pub in Croydon on Monday 14th October with two viewings at 2.30 p.m and 8 p.m.
Please do put it in your diary and save the date.
Click on the You Tube link to see a trailer for the movie. Just be warned - it is not for the faint-hearted, and is most certainly not for kids.
Members of CCAT will take part in a Chain Walk on Saturday 28th September to raise awareness among the general public about the crime of modern-day slavery.
The walk, which will go on for 10 km, will depart from Tesco in Purley at midday, and will make its way to the centre of Croydon. During the walk, members will pass out literature and attempt to engage the general public in conversation about their understanding of human trafficking.
If you would like to donate, please visit http://www.justgiving.com/chainwalk
If you would like to take part, please contact Anna on 07733 221949
Reuters have just published a major report into the practice of rehoming children who have been adopted from overseas and are no longer wanted.
'Rehoming' - usually a word one would associate with pets who can no longer be cared for - has become widely spread, creating a marketplace where children are advertised and passed on, often with little or no vetting to check safety.
For predators, this must be a dream come true. As the article headline highlights, a Liberian girl who had proved too much for her parents was sold on to a couple who they had never met and only had online contact with previously. Days later, she had gone missing.
It's such a chilling and horrific article, not least because these children are left open and vulnerable to traffickers.
Read more by clicking here.
Source: Reuters, The Times
Police forces have started using a video made by students from City College, Plymouth. The video features a 13-year-old girl who is groomed online and then trafficked into the sex industry. It also shows interviews with police, hospital staff, and counsellors who deal with victims of trafficking. Watch it for yourself and use it to raise awareness.
As MPs debate the licensing bill with particular regard to loopholes around lap-dancing clubs, we want to thank Diana Johnson (Lab, Kingston upon Hull North) for reminding those present in the debate that many of the women involved in these situations have not chosen to be there, and could well be under a form of sexual exploitation, or indeed victims of trafficking.
Ms Johnson says '...there are many people working in this part of (the sex industry) whose choice is not so free. We know that the sex industry is responsible for a great deal of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. The Government have spent a lot of time over the summer talking about the proposed Bill to deal with modern slavery. Any progress in that area would of course be welcomed by hon. Members on both sides of the House, but as always the detail is rather sketchy, particularly about the support for victims. Perhaps the Minister can use this opportunity today to explain how that Bill would fit with the licensing regime, what interface there would be with regard to licensed premises that are found to have women working in them who have not made that choice about entering employment in the sex industry, and how that would fit with any provisions in the modern slavery Bill.'
Her final point is the one we strive to make - that MPs recognise that all such debates and decisions involve many men and women who have not chosen to be part of the profession in which they are found. It's time to make the link across the board, and not treat these as separate areas of life.
Source: They Work For You
Watch this video and ask yourself: Am I ever like the guys watching these girls?
Do I forget that everyone has a story, and, whilst I may not like to know what's under the surface, it's so important to be reminded.....
Source: Upworthy / Stop the Traffik
AUG 20 EVENTS NOT TO BE MISSED!
Here's some exciting dates for your diaries:
There is an exciting new play being performed from the 8th-12th September, 8pm at Matthew’s Yard (CR0 1FF), entry only £2. 'Traffik', written and directed by Carol Soper, looks at the effects of human trafficking on its victims. Do invite your friends along as we will be there to encourage people to get involved in the anti-trafficking campaign. We also have a Chain Walk on Saturday 28thSeptember for which we are calling for volunteers to walk and man the information stall. Please get in touch if this is something you might be able to help with. Finally, on Wednesday 16th October, we will be hosting an Anti-Slavery Day gig at Matthew’s Yard from 7.30pm, line up to be confirmed. This was a huge success last year so save the date if you can and be prepared for an edifying evening!
Thanks for your support!
It may not have happened in our area, but we thought it was worth highlighting the work done by the police in this case, as they've had so much bad press recently.
The truth is, the police are badly under-staffed and the media love to highlight their faults. But in this case, we want to say 'well done' to the police for helping to rescue these eleven victims - interestingly, all men - who were of Eastern European origins, and who were brought over, it's thought, for labour exploitation.
The case has yet to be confirmed as trafficking but the signs point to it being so - and the police have acted accordingly. Great work.
You can read about the case here
Source: BBC News
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