Bath to help spread human trafficking warning for Anti-Slavery Day
Bath will tomorrow join dozens of cities across the country in a fight to tackle human trafficking, by hosting a concert and a film campaign.
Designed to raise awareness of the widespread crime, which sees 800,000 people – children, men and women - trafficked every year, a ‘Voice for the Voiceless’ concert is to be held at Freedom Art Studios.
The concert, organised by the Trauma Recovery Centre (TRC), is being held in support the release of Jess Clayton’s single ‘Voice for the Voiceless’ which has been recorded to raise awareness of Human Trafficking.
Jess works with victims of human trafficking at the TRC.
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Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Treehouse Project, which provides an aftercare service in the UK for survivors of human trafficking.
Meanwhile Hayesfield Girls School will host a film campaign about the issue, followed by a question and answer session with a member of both the UK Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC) and Labour Behind the Label, as well as Councillor Nathan Hartley.
The screening is part of the Unchosen film campaign, the only film campaign in the UK that concentrates solely on human trafficking. The initiative aims to make people aware slavery still exists in the 21st century, and to show them how they can help stamp it out.
The events are being held as part of Anti-Slavery Day, held each year on October 18 to raise awareness of the modern day slave trade – that is, child trafficking, forced labour, domestic servitude and trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Anti-Slavery Day organisers hope the event will put pressure on government, local authorities and public institutions to address the scale and scope of human trafficking.
According to the Human Trafficking Foundation, “there are more people in slavery today than in the entire 350 year history of the slave trade and 1 in 8 of those is in Europe.”
Some 76 per cent of victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation, Eurostat finds, and 70 per cent of victims are women.
Some 17 per cent are men, 11 per cent girls and two per cent boys.
Human trafficking is the second-biggest source of illicit profits after the drugs trade, the European Commission says, with traffickers making $32 billion in profits annually.
Anti-Slavery Day was created by an Act of Parliament following the passage of the Anti-Slavery Day Bill in 2010. The Bill was introduced in Parliament as a Private Members' Bill by Anthony Steen, former MP for Totnes in south Devon.
The Bill passed through both Houses unopposed, although amended.
The events being held in Bath tomorrow are designed to empower people with the knowledge needed to tackle the modern day slave trade. Informing the public about the crime is vital if it is to be stamped out, organisations in the field say.
Mr Steen, the former MP behind Anti-Slavery Day, said: “You need awareness. People have to know there’s a brothel around the corner, they have got to know there are men in the fields on debt bondage.”
Tomorrow’s events will be followed by a fundraiser on Friday, due to be attended by actress and founder of ASSET (Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking) Julia Ormond, and Man power Group’s global president of corporate and government affair, David Arkless.
And on October 26 agencies working with vulnerable children and young people can attend a training session on helping victims of human trafficking.
The session, ‘Training Day on: Identification and Protection of Trafficked Children’, will be given by Philip Ishola, who led the Harrow Children Services counter child trafficking response.
The event will be held at Freedom House.
Meanwhile events to commemorate Anti-Slavery Day will be held across the country. Films about modern day slavery will be screened in Bristol, Gloucester, Loughborough and Leeds, and conferences and concerts will be held in cities including Nottingham, Croydon and Leicester.
To find out more about Anti-Slavery Day, visit www.antislaveryday.com.