Campaigners flag up injustice of trafficking

By Tim Clarke Thursday 22 November 2012 Updated: 23/11 14:24

PEOPLE are being urged to join the fight to end human trafficking in Worcester and across the country.

Campaigners will be raising awareness of the plight of victims of modern day slavery outside the Guildhall in Worcester on Saturday (November 24) from 10am to 3pm as part of Hope for Justice's Flag Up appeal.

They will be asking shoppers to sign a letter to the newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for West Mercia Bill Longmore urging him to do everything in his power to stop human trafficking.

The Commissioner is expected to join them at 11am to discuss the appeal.

People can get their picture taken with the 'Flag Up' flag which they can use as their profile picture on Facebook and Twitter to show their support.

There are thousands of trafficking victims in the UK including children as young as three who are smuggled into the country for sexual exploitation.

But Hope for Justice's latest campaign aims to help raise awareness of the issue through social media such as Twitter and Facebook, while calling on the new PCCs to step up efforts to tackle human trafficking.

Tom Collins, from All Saints Church in Worcester who is helping to lead the campaign in Worcester, said: "This gives us a chance to make a difference - it's something we can really get behind. Victims of trafficking have little hope of rescue or escape. We want to change that and prevent any more people from being trapped into slavery."

He said he hoped Saturday's event would help many more people become aware of the horrific realities of trafficking.

"Most people are trafficked into sexual exploitation - most of them just girls, but it's also almost completely hidden. The stories of the survivors are so hard to hear but we need to tell them. People have no idea that this is happening in our own community, but it is, and it has to stop."

One of the measures PCCs are being asked to introduce is appointing an officer to be the single point of contact for human trafficking cases.

To find out more about the campaign visit hopeforjustice.org.uk/campaigns

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