It’s that time of year again, when the world turns pink with sentimental cards, heart-shaped chocolates and long-stemmed roses. Happy Valentines Day! Whether you swoon with satisfaction or retch with repulsion at the thought of Valentine’s Day, it’s hard to deny that these days, it’s taken on a life of its own. According to some … Read more
They say that “an Englishman’s home is his castle”. I don’t know what you think of when you hear the word castle. For me it awakens memories of drizzly days walking around remote fortresses with huge unfriendly walls and neat, lavish interiors. The sort of place where you could live in undisturbed solitude for years … Read more
Recently, STOP THE TRAFFIK UK hosted ‘Beyond the GIFT box’ – an event to say a big thank you to all the amazing volunteers who helped make our GIFT box project such a success over the summer. One volunteer, freelance journalist Lizzy Millar, was inspired to write about her experience. The Glamour-less Reality of Slavery … Read more
Our CEO, Ruth Dearnley, has been demonstrating how to enjoy chocolate with a lighter conscience in the STOP THE TRAFFIK office, now that the first packets of Fair trade Maltesers have hit the shelves. 1. Can you spot the Malteser? 2. Notice how little attention the CEO gets from her team 3. Leave a comment … Read more
Ohio, US The manager of Starbucks in Cleveland, Ohio said he was unaware of what was going on. Staff swiping a few dollars from the till for themselves? Giving their favourite customers and extra marshmallow? Customers writing graffiti on the toilet door? No – on all three counts. He was unaware that when a man, … Read more
Iceland A lot of people have pointed out that the recent publication by WikiLeaks of US Embassy cables doesn’t seem to have told us much we didn’t already know about the world. But there’s no doubting it will give rise to a few rather awkward conversations and several red faces in diplomatic circles. It appears … Read more
Red light freedom run statistics 140 miles 1.1 million steps 5.5 days 3,500 calories a day 5 hours sleep a night 5 pairs of trainers between 2 men 1.5 stone lost during training (and that was just Duncan) The pennies and pounds are still to be counted and we’ll let you know the total … Read more
Whatever you do this coming Bank Holiday Monday, be sure to watch the Dispatches programme on Channel 4 at 7:30pm called “Britain’s Secret Slaves”. The documentary will be investigating the plight of overseas domestic workers in Britain who are kept locked up by their employers and subjected to sexual, physical and psychological exploitation and abuse.
Today marks the 12th International Slavery Remembrance Day for the abolition of the Slave Trade. We had our delightful Victoria Kuhr on BBC’s breakfast radio in Plymouth this morning, speaking STOP THE TRAFFIK’s part on what slavery looks like today. The date commemorates those who worked together around the world to end an inhuman system, … Read more
Looking through some old postcards, I came across some I had bought at the Nelson Mandela Touch Gallery when I visited Sydney, Australia. There’s someone who has truly touched the world! You’re probably wandering what this could possibly have to do with human trafficking? You may have a point! But I want to share this … Read more
…the curry lover realised the young Bangladeshi boy that ‘worked’ at their favourite curry house had been trafficked?
…a landlord realised their property was being used as a cannabis farm, and the Vietnamese teenager living there had been trafficked and would be arrested by the police upon discovery?
…a teacher realised the boy in her class had been trafficked into the country for benefit fraud?
Last week, the West African Regional Courts passed a landmark judgement that may potentially enable those trafficked and enslaved in West Africa to receive better protection against slavery, and receive compensation from their governments. The government of Niger has been ordered to pay Hadijatou Mani 10m CFA francs (USD 20,000) as compensation for failing to … Read more
Interesting YouTube clip– a russian man claims he was kept in slave labor for 4 years in Georgia.
Check out this very cool video off of youtube. “To raise awareness about the traffiking of women into sex slavery, Stop the Traffik set up a stand at a prominent careers fair for ‘Top Jobs Abroad’ a fictional recruitment company offering “the very best opportunities”. After being greeted by a friendly representative, visitors were ushered … Read more
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