Monday, March 19, 2007

Stop the Traffik

In addition to being my 27th birthday, March 25th is Freedom Day - the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the UK. Many concerned organisations (including CARE that Stuart works for) have come together to form the Stop the Traffik Coalition. These groups are wisely using Freedom Day to draw attention to the modern slave trade of people trafficking. I decided to post about this tonight because there is an interesting story about sex slavery in the UK on the BBC website today that I wanted to link to. According to the article, the Home Office estimates that in 2003 alone some 4,000 women were trafficked into the UK for sexual exploitation. For all you Canadians, there's some information available from the government and also from the Canadian organisation International Justice Mission. Also visit the Not for Sale website or read some recent Sojourners articles on the topic.

So, what can we do? Click here for some suggestions of ways to get involved in the campaign to end this modern slave trade. This week I'm going to write to my MP and the Prime Minister and ask the UK government to:
1. Prioritise the abolition of the modern slave trade.
2. Ensure that the UK government ratifies the Council of Europe’s Convention on Action Against the Trafficking of Human Beings (the Convention only comes into force when 10 member states have ratified it).
3. Increase funding for projects working to support victims of Human Trafficking.
4. Improve training for agencies (Police and Immigration officers) that have contact with victims of Human Trafficking.
5. Commit to understanding Human Trafficking as a violation of Human Rights rather than simply as an immigration issue.
6. Address the connection between dramatic increase in demand for Prostitution and rise in levels of Human Trafficking.

Spread the word. Stop the Traffik.

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