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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
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
A shocking report in the Independent warns that the UK risks 'losing the fight' against human trafficking, unless the criminal justice system urgently improves its response to the crime.
There is widespread evidence that many trafficked people are prosecuted for crimes that they are being forced to commit, whilst the criminal bosses who enslave them go unpunished.
Shockingly, one judge told a woman who had false papers 'I accept that you have been a victim of trafficking and you were exploited', whilst sending her to prison for 12 months.
Anti-Slavery International branded such cases as 'unacceptable'.
And we'd like to ask: Are we letting down those very people that we are fighting to save?
Read the full article by clicking on the link below:
Source: The Independent
Thanks to the Croydon Advertiser for bringing the plight of trafficked women in our area to the readers' attention once again.
Although many people now understand what is meant by human trafficking, there are also many who still remain ignorant about what we stand for.
The Advertiser have written an informative article, based on an interview with CCAT's Peter Cox, that is well worth a read. You can find it by clicking on the link below.
Source: The Croydon Advertiser
JUN 5 TWO LITTLE GIRLS
Two Little Girls is a short animated film aimed at young women in Eastern Europe who are in danger of being sex-trafficked. Two Little Girls is a major anti-sex-trafficking campaign being run in 13 Eastern European countries. The film was made in consultation with a group of Albanian women who were trafficked to the UK and rescued by the Poppy Project.
It's' worth viewing. It's a good resource too for any talks or promotions you may be doing on trafficking.
And most importantly - BE AWARE.
Last night I went out for a drink with my friends. One of them told me that her neighbours, who are a group of Turkish men, are frequently very loud at night and so she cannot sleep. She can hear women screaming and crying in the courtyard at around 4 a.m. on most occasions. She has reported this incident.
This could save some women who are being abused or even trafficked.
Have you experienced or heard similar incidents? Call 999.
Since 2006, Stop the Traffik have been campaigning to keep the ingredients of injustice and exploitation out of the manufacture of chocolate.
Thanks to the pressure from them, some of the major companies have now begun to take steps to become more accountable for how they source their cocoa.
However, recent predictions are that the demand for cocoa for chocolate will rise to no less than 1 billion tonnes in the next decade, which is putting huge pressure to supply this demand on cocoa farmers, especially in West Africa.
Our fears are that this will lead to an increase in human trafficking, as panic spreads and the need for cheap labour increases.
Please continue to seek out fair-trade chocolate and cocoa products at every opportunity. And if you care to do so, keep badgering the big companies to change their ways and ensure that their cocoa is sourced and paid for responsibly.
For more information on this, click here.
Photo: Stop the Traffik
Stop the Traffik have launched a fantastic new website at http://www.stopthetraffik.org/spot/dashboard which aims to help people know what they are looking out for when faced with trafficking in its various forms.
You can find out more by clicking on the link and hovering over the boxes on the pages that interest you.
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