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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.
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
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
Following on from the impressive Anti Human Trafficking Conference at the Fairfield Halls two weeks ago, the Croydon Advertiser have again published a story giving much-needed and very welcome publicity to CCAT and our cause.
The article, entitled 'Borough to be a no-go zone for traffickers' includes an interview with CCAT, as well as a report of the conference.
Hannah Miller, who is head of the council's adult services, said 'I think we are leading the way in cracking down on trafficking'. Peter Cox, from CCAT, added 'it's vital that all the agencies link up and we stop treating victims as criminals or illegal immigrants'.
For the full article, click here
Source: The Croydon Advertiser / thisiscroydontoday.co.uk
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.
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