Just heard a story that really bears testament to the power of word of mouth. One school girl was involved in a chocolate fondue party, which aimed to raise awareness among her fellow pupils of trafficking in some chocolate supply chains. She came home and told her grandmother about it. Her grandmother was really moved by what she heard, and started talking about it with her friends. Even if that was the end of the story, it’s a great example of how our local awareness campaigns reach far beyond their immediate audience. But that was just the start of the story. That grandmother happened to be a Baroness in the House of Lords. Her friends were her fellow Peers. After further pressure from STOP THE TRAFFIK, this helped secure a human trafficking debate in the House of Lords.
I’m sneakily eavesdropping on a conversation between a lady from Albania who works with trafficking survivors and a young man whose been distributing flyers in Liverpool. What are they talking about? How they can phrase a question to Richard Martin – top anti-trafficking officer who’s sat at the end of the room – about what’s being done to coordinate cross-border anti-trafficking efforts. The very fact that a conversation like that is happening is exactly what today is all about.