Global Freedom Summit Opening Session

The Global Freedom Summit just opened with CEO Ruth Dearnley saying “This is not a conference”. “Whenever someone asks me ‘So what is STOP THE TRAFFIK’ – this is what I picture.”

Just looking around – there really is an amazing array of people. We’ve found a 7 year old and a 70 year old among the assembled already. Perhaps proof that STOP THE TRAFFIK can lay claim to a ‘Universal’ certificate. As abhorrent as it is, as Ruth has just reiterated, human trafficking is a crime that shames humanity. And that’s something that every one of us – young or old – is a part of.

Cherie Blair, patron of STOP THE TRAFFIK, has just taken to the stage. “We need to work harder, shout louder to get trafficking at the top of national agendas”. She continues, “trafficking isn’t a crime that happens ‘over there’, it happens ‘here’. We have a wonderful opportunity right now in the run up to the 2012 Olympics, whilst the eyes of the world are on London. We’ve had enough – it’s time to STOP THE TRAFFIK.”

If there’s one thing that STOP THE TRAFFIK prides itself in – it’s connecting the single community voice to something bigger. Ever since we presented 1.5 million signatures to the UN we’ve tried to connect the ‘big’ to the ‘small’ – the ‘community’ to the ‘global’. Sandra, who’s flown to London today from the UN in VIenna has just begun her speech. “Already today I’ve seen communities at their best”, she says, “something that we don’t get to do much at the UN”.

Steve Chalke, founder of STOP THE TRAFFIK bounds up to the microphone. “You can be in a huge, busy city, but be completely on your own”. For victims of trafficking, that’s all too often the reality. That’s the importance of community. Every instance of human trafficking, wherever in the world, starts in a community and ends in a community.

Joined by STOP THE TRAFFIK’s Bex, the new campaign: ‘Global Travel Alert’ is launched. Every speaker that has taken to the stand has called this a ‘moment of opportunity’. The 2012 Olympic Games may make London more vulnerable to receiving victims of trafficking. But this is an opportunity. An opportunity to mobilize a global coalition against trafficking; an opportunity for those that didn’t know what trafficking was to find out; an opportunity to create a network of communities to rival that of the traffickers.

So how do we send out this Global Travel Alert and make the most of this opportunity? We’re about to break out into workshops to find out… 

Steve Chalke, founder of STOP THE TRAFFIK bounds up to the microphone. “You can be in a huge, busy city, but be completely on your own”. For victims of trafficking, that’s all too often the reality. That’s the importance of community. Every instance of human trafficking, wherever in the world, starts in a community and ends in a community.

Joined by STOP THE TRAFFIK’s Bex, the new campaign: ‘Global Travel Alert’ is launched. Every speaker that has taken to the stand has called this a ‘moment of opportunity’. The 2012 Olympic Games may make London more vulnerable to receiving victims of trafficking. But this is an opportunity. An opportunity to mobilize a global coalition against trafficking; an opportunity for those that didn’t know what trafficking was to find out; an opportunity to create a network of communities to rival that of the traffickers.

So how do we send out this Global Travel Alert and make the most of this opportunity? We’re about to break out into workshops to find out…

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