Yes that’s right, the London STOP THE TRAFFIK team have just returned from our Jersey escapades of last week….
Did we go to sample the local dairy produce and poke the Jersey cows? Did we go to promenade around the fields and enjoy the sites – NO (although we did have a few spare hours to explore) – WE WENT TO TALK BUSINESS; TO START FREEDOM IN SCHOOLS, TO RAISE AWARENESS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING, AND TO ENGAGE EVERY LEVEL OF THE COMMUNITY IN ACTIVE UNISON AGAINST THE CRIME OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING…..
DID WE SUCCEED IN THESE AIMS?
We like to think we started something big….and we met some absolutely amazing people who want to continue this work, and we have every faith that they will do a fantastically splendid job of it too…!!
BUT WHY JERSEY?
Some readers may not have even heard of this 118 sq km island off the coast of Normandy, but some of you may recognise Jersey as one of the key off-shore financial sectors of the international community. Partly because of this fact, we wanted to work together with various sectors of the Jersey community to empower people to play their part in the fight against human trafficking. We were also very kindly invited to contribute to Jersey One World Group’s anti-slavery events, and so with the help of lots of lovely people STOP THE TRAFFIK went around to EVERY SINGLE SECONDARY SCHOOL IN JERSEY running workshops and interactive presentations on human trafficking.
The rest of the team went to local newspapers, radio stations, meetings with local politicians, law enforcement authorities and key members of the financial sector – informing and engaging with people about the complexity of issues surrounding human trafficking, and how this crime affects us all, whatever our role in the community, wherever our community may be. It was an absolutely fantastic week, and I was particularly inspired by the many students who we got the pleasure of meeting – they asked some of the most thought provoking questions, were really energised about getting involved in the SOCK IT TO NESTLÉ campaign over Christmas, enthused about the START FREEDOM project and very were keen to continue increasing awareness about human trafficking across Jersey.
The sixth formers of Beau Lieu organised a march through the streets of Jersey to the Royal Square on the 20th of November, where Steve Chalke – founder of STOP THE TRAFFIK – addressed the crowd of young people and urged them to continue the fight against human trafficking, to continue the push to START FREEDOM for the many people around the world who don’t have a voice, or the freedom to speak out!
ALL IN ALL THE WEEK WAS A GREAT SUCCESS
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR A FANTASTIC EXAMPLE OF AN AWARENESS RAISING PERFORMANCE ABOUT TRAFFICKING…..COMING SOON!! (as soon as we receive a copy of the video!)