Anti-slavery day and Travis Bickle…connect the dots

Only one more sleep till anti-slavery day! Hopefully you’re all geared up and ready to join with us for this global day of action to combat trafficking.

If the above picture has thrown you into a blind panic wondering WHAT on earth STOP THE TRAFFIK is asking of its activists, then take a breath and settle down. We’re not, you’ll be glad to know, asking you to hijack a taxi and take to the streets vigilante style, shave your hair into a mawk and draw a little De Nero beauty spot on your cheek.

In fact it’s pretty much the opposite. We want our activists to hit the streets, and specifically their local taxi ranks, armed not with anger issues, but with stickers, smiles, and maybe a cup of tea and a biccie.

Taxi drivers LOVE to chat. Five minutes in the back of a taxi and you’ve probably got enough material for your first novel.  So head to your local taxi rank, crack out the chocolate hob nobs, and just chat.

Why? Well partly because it’s nice to be nice, but, primarily, because taxi drivers are in a unique position to spot potential incidences of trafficking. They see all sorts of things and encounter all sorts of people.  Because of this taxi drivers could provide the vital link that enables someone to escape a situation of trafficking.

A number of cases have come to light in which taxis have been used to transport victims of trafficking to and from situations where they have been abused. We want to make sure that taxi drivers are in the know about what trafficking is, what the indicators are, and how to report any concerns or suspicions that they might have about an individual being transported in their cab.

Loads of activists will be heading to their busiest local taxi rank tomorrow to coincide with anti-slavery day. However, if this is the first you’ve heard of it you haven’t missed the boat. The campaign will be on-going. So check out the ‘Taxi’s Against Trafficking’ page on the website for more info, order some taxi stickers, download any resources you’d like to use such as the Taxi driver questionnaire, rope together some friends or colleagues and get started.

So far we have created Taxi stickers for the UK, Ireland and Gambia with country specific reporting information and service numbers. If you would like to take the campaign forward where you are, get in touch with us at and we can adapt the sticker to make it relevant for your country.

For those of you who are prepped and ready to go tomorrow, GOOD LUCK! Send in any photos from the day and for tweeters out there include the hashtag #taxisagainsttrafficking.

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Manchester Hit with Human Trafficking WARNING Notices!


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.’

If you would like to use the poster and would like it edited with your community and your contact deatail then please let us know: or 02079214258

UK Government Minister endorses STOP THE TRAFFIK on Anti-Slavery Day

ACT group members meet Immigration Minister Damian Green MP

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.

Join us for Anti-Slavery Day

18th October 2010 marks the first official Anti-Slavery Day in the UK. The slave trade might have been outlawed over 200 years ago, but people are still being tricked or forced into exploitation in large numbers throughout the UK, Europe, and the world. This trafficking of human beings starts in communities and can be stopped by communities. STOP THE TRAFFIK is inspiring volunteers nationwide to do what they can where they are to prevent the buying and selling of people:

Over the last two weekends, community groups have run for freedom in Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool, and London, raising awareness about and money for women and girls who are vulnerable to human trafficking around the world. For more information see

On 19th October STOP THE TRAFFIK is informing and equipping social workers to know what human trafficking is, how it affects them, and what they can do about it. This is in cooperation with local authorities at the Compass Jobs Fair in London. For more information see

On 20th October STOP THE TRAFFIK is launching the latest stage of our ‘Trafficked’ exhibition at the Red House Museum in Christchurch, Dorset. This follows on from its successful time at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool. For more information see

On 23rd October STOP THE TRAFFIK is joining community groups for our ACT Northern Forum at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool. This is a time for volunteers to learn from each other and be inspired in their ongoing campaigns to tackle human trafficking. For more information see

Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, on this Anti-Slavery Day, play your part to STOP THE TRAFFIK. To support us in the work that we are doing, go to