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Croydon Borough Commander David Musker has asked for widespread awareness among the local community as two reports have come in from local primary schools concerning threats to school children.
In one incident near Smitham Primary School in Coulsdon, a girl was approached and asked to accompany a man. When she refused he drove off. This morning parents noticed a car parked outside a school in South Norwood, which then disappeared as people took notice of it.
These are classic signs of traffickers watching and waiting to pounce on their prey. Please be careful and please be aware.
Another amazing CCAT Supporter is performing another amazing feat to raise support for our work and to raise awareness about what we do - James Allen, thank you! James wrote to us and asked if we had ever had anyone skydive for us before....and we had to say 'no' - but that didn't deter him from organising the event, which is due to take place in mid-July. James was inspired to help after CCAT gave a talk at his church - Beulah Family Church in Thornton Heath - and after attending our Whistleblower event.
If you'd like to support James, he'd be so grateful (and so would we). You can find his Just Giving details on http://www.justgiving.com/James-jumps-from-a-plane
And one last word from us.....what's the hardest thing about skydiving? Answer: The ground. James, we're so proud of you!
Six men have been found guilty of drugging, raping, trafficking and using young girls as prostitutes in Oxford.
The girls were all in care and the supposed safe-keeping of the local authority in Oxford.
The men were described by police as 'predators who identified the most vulnerable girls in society and corrupted them entirely'. The case comes less than a year after the Rochdale case when MPs launched an enquiry and found major faults in care across the country.
For the full story, click here.
Source: The London Evening Standard
The story hit the headlines last night. Police in the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea have smashed a sex-slave ring, and rescued nine trafficked women.
What struck me is that the story holds true to so many of the facts that we speak about every time we seek to raise awareness about the traits of trafficking.
1) The victims were tricked into coming to the UK from Eastern Europe by the lure of jobs in the leisure industry
2) Once they arrived, they were forced to work as prostitutes, told that their family would be in danger if they refused to obey
3) The suspected ringleader, as well as many of the other traffickers, were women.
This success for the Human Trafficking and Prostitution Unit was the first carried out by the European Communities Against Trafficking (ECAT), a scheme part-funded by the European Commission, and was also helped by the bravery of the victims in coming forward to police.
Victims of trafficking were urged to call the 24-hour helpline on 0800 783 2589
For the full story, click here
Source: The Evening Standard
You'll have heard the amazing, horrifying story of the three girls rescued in Cleveland, Ohio, after nine, ten and eleven years of absence. Neighbours were stunned and couldn't believe what had been going on. BUT....read further, and you'll see there were signs and disturbing warnings around. A little girl appearing at the window of a house with no children. A naked woman on her hands and knees disappearing back into the house. A scream. Our message today is BE VIGILANT. Be aware. Spot the signs and don't think that you are being a nosy neighbour by reporting something that may just save someone's life. Or save them from spending years of abuse and torture - unseen, unheard.
Story: The Guardian
For the full story, click here
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
The Guardian has published an article which has highlighted the awful growing trend of women, who befriend and deceive other women into human slavery.
Previously thought of as more benevolent and tender-hearted than men in the role of pimps, it has been revealed that the female face is successfully persuading young women into a way of life that would not appeal if a man was asking them to get involved.
What is more, there are circumstances when the women who turn traffickers were once trafficked victims themselves, who have turned to the role of perpetrator because of the money that is available to them, or because they are promised freedom if they 'recruit' another woman in their place.
According to a United Nations report, women make up the largest propotion of traffickers in no less than a third of countries which have given statistics on the crime. There is also horrific evidence that women are often used when under-18s are being targeted, or when crimes are given a higher risk of attention from police.
For the full article, click here.
Source: The Guardian
Here she is, looking amazing after completing a half-marathon for us at CCAT right here in (not so) sunny Croydon! Asisat ran last Sunday and is now over half way through her pledge of running two and a half marathons for CCAT. She has the Edinburgh marathon ahead of her, but we are SO PROUD that she has already raised nearly half of her target of £5000 - all of which goes to our work at CCAT.
If you haven't already done so, and would like to donate some money to Asisat, you can do so by texting the work WTKH36 to 70070 (a £5 donation), by sending a cheque to us here at the office, or by checking our her Just Giving page and donating that way - click on the link below.
and THANK YOU to all who have so far donated.
As the article says, 'Let's be clear here. 'Sweatshop' is not a game for people who want to delight in exploiting child labour. It is a straightforward political tract, a heavy-handed consciousness-raising exercise designed to spread awareness about brutal labour conditions'.
So why would Apple ban it? Apparently, they see it as offensive. But it's not promoting the sweatshop industry - far from it. It's making people aware of some of the things that go on in the industry - albeit in a slightly clunky way.
The article claims that Apple are in fact worried about offending some of the big-name clothing businesses that act in the way highlighted by the app.
Interesting. Comments, anyone?
Source and image source: www.salon.com
For full article, click here.
Click on the link and you'll watch a movie that has been put together to highlight the dangers of trafficking. We are asked so often why people let themselves be trafficked. You'll see from the movie that it's often a matter of deception and naivete that leads to the capture. Why would anyone suspect someone that they are falling in love with of tricking them?
One of the key messages from our Schools Team to young girls (and boys) is: Always tell someone where you are going, and when you will be back. Don't go unaccompanied to places that you don't know much about. BE AWARE.
Source: Sophie Hayes Foundation
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