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On the road with Ruth Dearnley, STOP THE TRAFFIK CEO

Ruth, the CEO of STOP THE TRAFFIK, recently travelled to the USA to meet with our growing number of activists who are developing some amazing work. In this blog she shares a reflection she wrote, inspired by the 50 year commemoration of events at Selma Bridge, Alabama in 1965. It’s an extraordinary country. I’ve been … Continue reading

Be a STOP THE TRAFFIK chocolate hero in your school

This Easter you can join STOP THE TRAFFIK and help us campaign to end child trafficking in chocolate. Download and use our three free lessons for ages 8-11 (key stage 2/3). Young people in your school will learn about what human trafficking is, feel equipped to take action to help prevent it, and excited to … Continue reading

Happy Ever After

A blog from our partner Oasis Belgium, who work with victims of human trafficking, introducing their new resources Love Abroad, aimed to reduce the vulnerability of women coming to Europe for marriage. Are you looking for a Russian wife, or how about a Thai beauty, another option could be a hot Latino? If so go … Continue reading

Take Action This Easter

At this time of year supermarkets across the country and around the world are gearing up to sell millions of chocolate Easter eggs. Yesterday I noticed the shelves of my local supermarket already being filled with an exciting selection of Easter eggs in bright colourful packaging. I decided to have a browse through and found … Continue reading

2014 STOP THE TRAFFIK Highlights

As the year draws to a close, I often find myself reminiscing about the events of the past year. And what a year it has been at STOP THE TRAFFIK! You are part of a rapidly growing global movement of people who are passionate about ending the buying and selling of people. This powerful movement … Continue reading

Antislavery Day: The Work Continues

On Saturday 18 October along with NGOs from across the Europe, STOP THE TRAFFIK activists took action to shout out against modern slavery which, according to the most recent ILO figures, affects 21 million people worldwide. Hundreds took part in the Big Auction, choosing to be bought and sold in the name of those that … Continue reading

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Five words? What’s the fuss?

Those of you that have been keeping up with our Modern Slavery Bill campaign will know that we’re adamant that the bill is short by just five words. The five words in question are “(including in its supply chains)” and in this blog, we’re going to explain why this amendment is so incredibly important.

Change is happening in the chocolate industry

We are delighted that Nestlé have made a public announcement stating that they are on target to achieve 100% cocoa from sustainable sources by the end of 2015, becoming the first major confectionery company in UK and Ireland to achieve this milestone. It has been confirmed that by the end of 2015 all Nestlé confectionery … Continue reading

Countdown to Freedom Sunday Starts Now

“Human trafficking is a grave crime against humanity. It is a form of modern day slavery and a profound violation of the intrinsic dignity of human beings. It is intolerable that millions of fellow human beings should be violated in this way, subjected to inhuman exploitation and deprived of their dignity and rights. This outrage … Continue reading

GIFT Box update from Glasgow

When you volunteer to go out onto the streets of Glasgow you have to brace yourself for the unexpected. Whilst you know you can always rely on the Glasgow patter, you don’t expect such unrelenting, searing heat. Scottish skin doesn’t always cope well with such weather. However, between dashes to the shops for fluids and … Continue reading

GIFT box on the move

The UN GIFT box has been on the move! From Belfast, to Brazil, to Glasgow, the GIFT box has been making a mark, and spreading the word of STOP THE TRAFFIK. #GIFTboxBrasil The World Cup has come to an end. Well done to Germany for winning! Whilst the world has had football fever, STOP THE … Continue reading

The ugly side of fashion!

The fashion industry is big business. Most of us are on the lookout for the perfect summer outfit. However, weaved throughout the fashion supply chain there is the exploitation of the most vulnerable. STOP THE TRAFFIK has been campaigning to raise awareness of this exploitation and give a voice to those who go unheard. STOP … Continue reading

It’s not just football fever that you need to watch out for during the World Cup!

The World Cup is here! And all eyes are on Brazil. STOP THE TRAFFIK is excited to announce that we have launched #GIFTboxBrasil. Many of us are caught up in the excitement of the World Cup, and are cheering on our favourite teams. Brazil is a country with breath taking sceneries, but unfortunately the country … Continue reading

#iwanttoknow

  The Northern Quarter neighborhood in Manchester, once the home to cotton mills and textile factories,on May 28th forced us to consider who makes our clothes. It is a little known fact that men and women, boys and girls are trafficked to work in the cotton industry. It is also a fact that most people do … Continue reading

TRAVEL SAFE Week at Manchester Airport

STOP THE TRAFFIK Manchester were privileged to be part of  TRAVEL SAFE week at Manchester Airport as part of the long standing relationship with the staff there who are real advocates of the collective anti-trafficking efforts across the city. There have been previous events at the airport to raise awareness which we have been involved … Continue reading

CHAINCHECKER: THE FIRST STEP TO TACKLING HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Human trafficking is not a straightforward challenge for a business, regardless of its size. Businesses are often unaware of the unethical and sometimes criminal behaviour of others in their supply chain and the legal, reputational and operational risks associated. Even if business owners possess a basic understanding of human trafficking and think their organisation could … Continue reading

What does STOP look like?

The STOP THE TRAFFIK family  is a global one. We have communities all over the world helping to raise awareness of  human trafficking. In the Netherlands STOP THE TRAFFIK have been working with the help of volunteers to spread the message, and raise awareness. Last year a group of volunteers used an innovative way to … Continue reading

It’s good to talk: An update on our meeting with Mondelēz International

This spring thousands of STOP THE TRAFFIK activists around the world showed the world’s largest chocolate company just how passionately they feel about ending child trafficking in the cocoa supply chain. The momentum was incredible! Over 10, 000 messages were sent to Mondelēz International calling on them to demonstrate their commitment to tackling child trafficking … Continue reading

Nigerian girls kidnapped: the devastating face of human trafficking

On Sunday 14 April in the middle of the night, more than 300 girls aged 12-15 were kidnapped at gun point, in the village of Warabe, in Borno state, Nigeria. As the eyes of the world’s media have followed this devastating story it has now become apparent that Abubakar Shekau has threatened to “sell” the girls. This situation may at first present itself as unusual but when we … Continue reading

How to get the stain out of your clothes!

With summer fast approaching, many of us are looking out for the perfect summer wardrobe, and head towards the nearest high street store to bag the latest bargains. From H&M to Primark, the allure of the cheap store is too much to resist, and many of us would admit that we buy too many clothes. … Continue reading

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Chocolate unwrapped: the truth behind your chocolate

With Easter fast approaching, the cravings for chocolate are kicking in! The rich, indulgent appeal of chocolate is just too tempting to pass up. When Easter rolls around, I usually cannot wait to pick up the nearest gooey Cadbury’s Crème Egg. But did you know the darker side of chocolate? Estimates of child labour on … Continue reading

Behind the scenes of LFWend

Behind the scenes of London #fashionweek…

London fashion week for many is four days of glitz, glamour and elation as reams of clothes spill out of designer’s sketchbooks onto the runway. For four days, articles pop up on our favourite fashion magazines dissecting everything from the length of hems to the latest prints on sheepskin jackets… And, like many others, I … Continue reading

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The lengths people go to – to STOP THE TRAFFIK

Flowing into our inbox this week have been stories of genuine creativity and ingenuity from our supporters. One of our supporters is literally going to great lengths to STOP THE TRAFFIK; or, should we say, cutting off those lengthy locks to go bald in the name of a good cause. We spoke to Matthew Morton, … Continue reading

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Are You a #FashionVictim?

If you were pressed, would you admit to being a fashion victim? Have a think: how many clothes have you bought in the past week, month or year? You might secretly admit to being a fashion victim because you buy clothes you don’t necessarily need but you just can’t live without… But do you know … Continue reading

Rio

Running up that hill

It was a very big white van, a very narrow cobbled street and I was grateful not to be in the driver’s seat. There were 17 of us with our luggage squashed in the back. We had stopped. Our route from Rio airport to the destination at the summit would give us panoramic views across … Continue reading

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Turn up the volume but cut down the noise

Last week the global Stop the Traffik and Finance against Trafficking teams met in Rio, congregating in a convent at the top of the hill in the St Theresa district. We came from all over the globe, with one mission- to strengthen our commitment to preventing human trafficking. From across the globe, men and women … Continue reading

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Alleged slavery case shines light on need for awareness of exploitation

Did you see last week’s news? An unprecedented case of alleged modern-day slavery was revealed, with three women released from an unnoticed 30 years of captivity. Whilst details remain unclear, further investigations by police have revealed that the women were likely subject to extreme emotional control and psychological abuse. A criminal psychologist on the BBC … Continue reading

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Postcard Delivery Day: update on meeting with Mondelēz

On Friday 18th October, Andy, Katy and Beth from STOP THE TRAFFIK accompanied by four students from Oasis Academy Mayfield delivered over 6000 postcards to Mondelēz UK office in Uxbridge. The culmination of over a year’s campaigning this was an opportunity for some grassroots activists to meet face to face with top level representatives from … Continue reading

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Dark Chocolate

A darker side of chocolate.  Understanding human trafficking risks in the chocolate supply chain: We have a choice. The day after the FINANCE AGAINST TRAFFICKING Conference, a report into the link between human trafficking and chocolate has been published. Check out the blog below, written by former FINANCE AGAINST TRAFFICKING intern, Anisah Kee-Scot: If you … Continue reading

FINANCE AGAINST TRAFFICKING CONFERENCE 2013

FINANCE AGAINST TRAFFICKING WILL HOST THEIR THIRD ANNUAL CONFERENCE AT THE IMPACT HUB WESTMINSTER ON THURSDAY 17th OCTOBER 2013. Here are just a few reasons why this is an event not to be missed. Human trafficking has been hitting the headlines recently with some high profile cases and campaigns. There is much talk about the problems … Continue reading

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