On the UK’s first official Anti-Slavery Day, 18th October 2010, government immigration minister Damian Green MP met with and endorsed STOP THE TRAFFIK in its community work to tackle and prevent human trafficking. He heard from Active Communities against Trafficking (ACT groups) across the country about the impact that they are having in their local areas:
– The ACT London Forum told him about their advocacy work with decision-makers, and about their research into signs of trafficking in their communities.
– ACT Sheffield are raising awareness amongst local refugees, and bringing volunteers together from across the city to act on this issue.
– ACT Liverpool detailed how their campaign to inform taxi drivers about human trafficking is already leading to reports of suspected cases.
– ACT Bristol updated the minister on how over 200 volunteers have raised awareness and money for tackling trafficking through Freedom Ticket For Life.
– ACT Manchester highlighted the work they are doing to train frontline professionals, in cooperation with the local authorities.
STOP THE TRAFFIK urged the minister to recognise the importance of communities in tackling human trafficking, and to actively support the work that current groups are doing. Damian Green thanked the ACT groups for all that they are doing, and said that ‘This work is hugely important. It’s essential at the most local level, and a very effective way to stop it – go to it’. He also highlighted that prevention is better than cure, and STOP THE TRAFFIK looks forward to seeing a much greater emphasis on prevention and community action when the government publishes their new strategy to tackle human trafficking in the new year.