WARNING! HUMAN TRAFFICKERS OPERATE HERE!
Manchester residents woke up this morning to find their neighbourhood flooded with Human Trafficking Warning Notices! Startled residents emerged in the early hours to find houses, cars, lamposts and trees all bearing STOP THE TRAFFIK’s notices, which are styled as a spoof of official police warning signs.
The Manchester ACT group (Active Community against Trafficking) rose at 4:00am this morning in order to plant the notices. They are designed to raise awareness about human trafficking within local communities and to inform residents that men, women and children are being recruited or forced into exploitation on a street near them.
The warning notices are designed to shock. They are designed to inspire action.
The warning notices are being posted across Manchester, and other areas of the UK, today to mark the UK’s second official Anti-Slavery Day. They are a stark reminder that 204 years after William Wilberforce helped outlaw the slave trade in this country, modern slavery still exists in the form of human trafficking. Too little has been done to confront this most abhorrent human rights abuse.
The Manchester stunt should also be a reminder of the fantastic work that individuals, communities and ACT groups are doing all over the world to create communities in which it is harder for traffikers to hide themselves and their victims.
Community action is crucial.
Steve Chalke MBE, founder of STOP THE TRAFFIK and United Nations Special Advisor on Community Action against Human Trafficking, says that ‘Human trafficking starts in communities and can be stopped by communities. Local residents need to know what human trafficking is, how it affects them, and what they can do about it. Our ACT groups are leading the charge against this heinous crime – a new generation of Wilberforces for the twenty-first century.’
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