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Freedom Sunday: Global Faith Communities Unite to Fight Human Trafficking

Posted by Stop the Traffik on Wed, 05 Oct 2016 09:55:48 +0000


Human trafficking is the world’s fastest growing international crime, which affects millions of people worldwide. Its victims are heavily exploited and are deprived of the most basic human rights but, given the clandestine nature of the crime, it can be difficult to reach those in need. It is only with a concerted global effort that we will be able to stop human trafficking for good and, given their deep connection to local communities, faith groups are integral to this work.

It is for this reason that Freedom Sunday was founded, as it represents a day for global faith groups to stand together and take action to put an end to human trafficking. As part of Freedom Sunday, faith groups are provided with information packs to help them to plan their services and to provide further information to their communities. The aim of these services is to raise awareness of the issues around human trafficking, demonstrate compassion for the men, women and children that fall victim to this crime and drive action to simultaneously help those in need and prevent its growth.

The pack also includes suggested awareness and prevention campaigns that can be carried out by faith communities. In launching these campaigns, there is an opportunity to implement specific actions in the local area and, consequently, further raise awareness of the issues around human trafficking in the wider community.

Now in its fourth year, Freedom Sunday has grown exponentially, and its increased global presence represents a huge step forward in spreading international awareness of human trafficking. The collaboration it promotes amongst faith groups and wider societies around the world demonstrates a united commitment amongst communities and is a tangible and powerful global response against human trafficking.

This year, Freedom Sunday will be taking place on Sunday 16th October – or Saturday 15th October for those of whom Saturday is the Sabbath – as this is the closest weekend to Anti-Slavery Day on 18th October. We urge faith communities around the world to get involved and use this as an opportunity to raise awareness of human trafficking, by following the steps below. However, we also understand that human trafficking is an endless issue and so these resources are available throughout the year.

There is still a long way to go in the fight against human trafficking, but together we are stronger. Through our compassion, our unity and our actions, we can help those in need and ultimately put a stop to human trafficking.

To get involved in Freedom Sunday, follow these 3 steps:

  • Register: Go to the Freedom Sunday global website and register to download the information pack which has information and suggestions for how to get your faith community involved.
  • Plan: The pack has lots of suggestions for how to plan your Freedom Sunday service for 16th Obviously the planning can be changed to be more tailor-made for your faith community to ensure the message is as effective as possible.
  • Action: The education of your faith community can allow for raised awareness within the local area and prompt action against human trafficking. The pack contains lots of suggestions of campaigns and actions your faith community can do to ensure human trafficking can be prevented.

UK NGOs come together to discuss new tools for the anti-trafficking sector

Posted by Stop the Traffik on Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:59:55 +0000


In July this year, the UK Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland, outlined his top priorities in the fight against modern slavery. In this, Hyland emphasised the importance of enhanced international collaboration in order to bring down human trafficking at a global level, stressing that modern slavery is often a transnational crime and therefore demands a transnational response.

Whilst the commissioner underlined the importance for governments and law enforcement bodies to collaborate internationally, it is often NGOs on the ground that hold the most vital information on human trafficking trends, victims and perpetrators. As such, it is critical that these organisations have the ability to share this information and collaborate globally, in order to ultimately disrupt human trafficking chains.

This month, representatives from fifteen different UK anti-trafficking organisations came together in London to discuss these issues in further detail. The workshop provided an opportunity for the attending organisations to discuss prospective means of collaboration between themselves and served as a platform to learn more about the new digital tools that have been developed specifically to improve collaboration within the anti-trafficking sector.

At the session, chaired by Ruth Dearnley OBE, CEO of STOP THE TRAFFIK, two tools in particular were presented: the STOP APP and the Freedom Collaborative. Although these differ in purpose, they are united by one common objective: to provide a secure global platform for individuals and organisations to share information and stories from their communities about human trafficking.

Helen Sworn opened by introducing the Freedom Collaborative, which is the first online platform to facilitate connectivity, knowledge-sharing and cross-border cooperation among anti-trafficking stakeholders globally. Sworn explained that the Freedom Collaborative aims to encourage and develop collaboration from the bottom up, driven by those on the frontline, in order to create a centralised space for the anti-trafficking community.

Within this community, members are encouraged to share resources, attend webinars and join discussions to impart news, advice and opinions on the issues surrounding modern slavery. To highlight the power of the platform, Sworn explained that the Freedom Collaborative is now home to more than 300 organisations from the anti-human trafficking community and has already been used to establish international partnerships and case collaboration.

Following this, Dr Bill Peace presented the STOP APP – the first mobile app of its kind to collect, analyse and share data on human trafficking. Dr Peace explained that the vision behind the app is to disrupt trafficking supply chains by starving them of profit through the greatest of tools – people and technology, by empowering anybody who knows, has seen or even heard a situation that they believe to be trafficking to talk about it in a safe and secure space.

Dr Peace also introduced the Centre for Intelligence-Led Prevention, which analyses all data inputted into the STOP APP, and the partnership it has formed with IBM. He underlined the importance of the data that NGOs hold and explained that, by harnessing this intelligence, it is possible to track global trends and hotspots of human trafficking, which will ultimately provide those that are fighting this crime with powerful information to build campaigns and action to stop human trafficking.

Jonathan Hargreaves, Global Vice Chair of the Technology Sector at Edelman, concluded the session by reinforcing the importance of individual stories – in combination with technology – in disrupting human trafficking. He explained that, to date, the approach to fighting modern slavery has been very much a ‘cat and mouse’ tactic, due to outdated and siloed information.

However, Hargreaves stressed that this is no longer a sufficient method; human trafficking remains the fastest growing crime globally, largely due to its hidden nature, thus it requires a more targeted and intelligent response. He explained that by collaborating successfully and sharing data in one central location, the anti-trafficking sector now has the ability to use big data analytics to predict and prevent the growth of international trafficking chains.

Overall, the session was a highly positive example of anti-trafficking organisations coming together to discuss how we can best work together to fight human trafficking on an international level. Whilst the workshop highlighted the integral role that technology will increasingly play in empowering NGOs, communities and individuals to disrupt global trafficking chains, this is just the first step; technology does have the power to disrupt, but it requires people to share their stories if it is to succeed.

You can join the Freedom Collaborative here and if you are viewing this page on a mobile, you can download the STOP APP in the Apple App Store here and Google Play here.

Bikers in action against child trafficking

Posted by Stop the Traffik on Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:20:15 +0000


Press Release

7th of September, 2016

Utrecht – To stand up against the exploitation of children in the sex industry, STOP THE TRAFFIK Netherlands has organized a motorbike ride, that will take place on the 25th of September.

The number of Dutch minors that has been exploited in the sex industry the past 5 years has increased by 64%. So the Dutch rapporteur of human trafficking has stated in her new rapport. STOP THE TRAFFIK rallies all motorbike riders to take a stand against this and to join their ride out against child trafficking. Because the innocence of a child ends up where sex trade begins.

Biker Ride Sponsored

The bikers will pay a registration fee (of ten euros) and call on their friends and families for sponsorship for their participation in the motorbike ride, as they tour to help support the work of STOP THE TRAFFIK and inform on the issues of human trafficking. The ride will be a total of 379 km, starting in Groningen and going through Zwolle, Apeldoorn, Arnhem, Nijmegen, Venlo, Eindhoven, Den Bosch, Utrecht and will finish in Amsterdam. There will be three places where riders can join up, in Groningen, Arnhem or Eindhoven.

Also there will be two free courses about spotting human trafficking and the prevention of sexual abuse, so motorbike riders can become active fighters against human trafficking themselves! The courses will be on the 16th and 21th September in Utrecht.

Prevention Project

Experts state that prevention should start at a young age. This is way the prevention project of STOP THE TRAFFIK focusses at children between 8 and 12 years. The project wants to prevent children from becoming a trafficker or becoming a victim of trafficking by teaching them the safety rules of a healthy relationship.

STOP THE TRAFFIK is a campaigning and awareness raising organisation that incites ordinary people to take action human trafficking in all its forms.

More information about participation in the motorbike ride and / or support can be found on


Note to editors: For more information, please email or call Stop The Traffik on +31 (0) 30 711 67 64.


Posted by Stop the Traffik on Wed, 03 Aug 2016 16:27:44 +0000

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A new GIFT box was launched in Brazil, on Monday 25th July at Galeão International Airport, Rio de Janeiro. This coincides with the World Week against Trafficking in Persons, as well as the week leading up to the beginning of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. It was launched by Stop The Traffik Brazil in affiliation by 27 Million in partnership with the Brazilian State Secretary of Social Assistance and Human Rights, the Public Ministry of Work, COETRAE (State Commission for the Eradication of Slave Labour), and was attended by members of the Brazilian state. Other guests came from Mexico, including a representative of the Mexican National Commission of Human Rights. Volunteers from Brazil, California and the UK (from Tearfund, a partner of 27 Million) were also present. The opening was a success, attracting substantial attention from both visitors passing through the airport, as well as local media.

The GIFT box is a walk in street-sculpture which on the outside appears to be an elaborately wrapped gift inviting visitors inside with gift tags promising jobs and opportunities. Once inside, visitors are faced with a different reality; stories from survivors of human trafficking around the world who were lured in by such promises. This unique project raises awareness of human trafficking by inviting visitors in to read stories and talk to volunteers, but is also a valuable opportunity to gather information on the issue from visitors who may have seen something they suspect to be trafficking, or who may be victims of trafficking themselves, particularly in the context of an airport.

Stop the Traffik and the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) joined to create the GIFT box in 2012. It was launched in London during the 2012 Olympic Games, and has been developed globally since then. It has already taken place in various locations in Brazil, including Rio, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Goiania. These editions of the GIFT box saw thousands of visitors, including people who had experienced human trafficking personally. Rio 2016 is a prime opportunity to reach more people and to generate more engagement with the issue, since the eyes of the world are on the city, and many people from all over Brazil and the rest of the world will flood there for the Olympic events. This edition of GIFT box will run throughout the week at the airport, before moving into the city centre for the Olympics themselves.

If you want to find out more about the GIFT box go to our website: GIFT box


STOP THE TRAFFIK Needs Your Input!

Posted by Stop the Traffik on Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:00:23 +0000

With Valentine’s Day and Easter just around the corner, we have a sneaky suspicion that your chocolate consumption is about to increase! This year your celebrations can be a bit merrier as Nestlé has recently announced that all of their chocolate products sold in the UK are now 100% fairtrade!
Nestlé UK and Tesco have reached out to STOP THE TRAFFIK to discuss their commitment to producing chocolate goods using fairtrade certified cocoa and to learn more about the human trafficking prevention work we do.
We here at STOP THE TRAFFIK would love for our activists to share their thoughts and questions with us about Nestlé & Tesco’s fairtrade commitments! So, we’re turning the conversation over to YOU! What do you want us to ask? Leave us a comment below or email us at
As always, thank you for your commitment to preventing human trafficking and supporting the work of STOP THE TRAFFIK!

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(a) administer the website;


(b) improve your browsing experience by personalising the website;


(c) enable your use of the services available on the website;


(d) send to you goods purchased via the website, and supply to you services purchased via the website;


(e) send statements and invoices to you, and collect payments from you;


(f) send you general (non-marketing) and non-commercial communications;


(g) send you email notifications which you have specifically requested;


(h) send to you our newsletter and other marketing communications relating to our Company Limited by Guarantee or Registered Charity which we think may be of interest to you by post or, where you have specifically agreed to this, by email or similar technology (you can inform us at any time if you no longer require marketing communications by emailing us at;


(i) provide third parties with statistical information about our users (including the number of users on our website, their geographic locations and the types of activity they are undertaking) - but this information will not be used to identify any individual user;


(j) deal with enquiries and complaints made by or about you relating to the website;


(k) deal with reported incidents of human trafficking made by you to STOP THE TRAFFIK; and


(l) deal with media enquiries made by you to STOP THE TRAFFIK.


Where you submit personal information for publication on our website, unless it is entered into a secure form or area where the public do not have general access, we reserve the right to remove it.


We will not without your express consent provide your personal information to any third parties for the purpose of direct marketing.


All our website financial transactions are handled through our payment services provider, WorldPay. You can review the WorldPay privacy policy at


We will share information with WorldPay only to the extent necessary for the purposes of processing payments you make via our website and dealing with complaints and queries relating to such payments.


(4) Disclosures


We may disclose information about you to any of our employees, officers, agents, suppliers or subcontractors insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes as set out in this privacy and cookies policy.


In addition, we may disclose your personal information:


(a) to the extent that we are required to do so by law;


(b) in connection with any legal proceedings or prospective legal proceedings;


(c) in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk);


(d) to the purchaser (or prospective purchaser) of any business or asset that we are (or are contemplating) selling; and


(e) to any person who we reasonably believe may apply to a court or other competent authority for disclosure of that personal information where, in our reasonable opinion, such court or authority would be reasonably likely to order disclosure of that personal information.


Except as provided in this privacy and cookies policy, we will not provide your information to third parties.


(5) International data transfers


Information that we collect will not normally be stored and processed in or transferred to countries outside of the European Economic Area (EEA). We will only transfer data to countries outside of the EEA where that country has data protection laws equivalent to those in force in the EEA.


In addition, personal information that you submit for publication on the website will be published on the internet and may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use or misuse of such information by others.


You expressly agree to such transfers of personal information.


(6) Security of your personal information


We will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.


We will store all the personal information you provide on our secure password- and firewall- protected servers. All electronic transactions and human trafficking incident reports you make to or receive from us will be encrypted using SSL technology.


Of course, data transmission over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet.


You are responsible for keeping your password and user details confidential. We will not ask you for your password (except when you log in to the website).


(7) Policy amendments


We may update this privacy and cookies policy from time-to-time by posting a new version on our website. You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are happy with any changes.


We may also notify you of changes to our privacy and cookies policy by email.


(8) Your rights


You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you. Provision of such information will be subject to:


(a) the payment of a fee (currently fixed at £10.00); and


(b) the supply of appropriate evidence of your identity (for this purpose, we will usually accept a photocopy of your passport certified by a solicitor or bank plus an original copy of a utility bill showing your current address).


We may withhold such personal information to the extent permitted by law.


You may instruct us not to process your personal information for marketing purposes, by sending an email to In practice, you will usually either expressly agree in advance to our use of your personal information for marketing purposes, or we will provide you with an opportunity to opt-out of the use of your personal information for marketing purposes.


(9) Third party websites


The website contains links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of third party websites.


(10) Updating information


Please let us know if the personal information which we hold about you needs to be corrected or updated by sending an email to

(11) Contact


If you have any questions about this privacy and cookies policy or our treatment of your personal information, please write to us by email to or by post to STOP THE TRAFFIK, 75 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7HS, United Kingdom


(12) Data controller


The data controller responsible in respect of the information collected on this website is STOP THE TRAFFIK

Our data protection registration number is Z3165593.


Our Charter

Our purpose: STOP THE TRAFFIK exists to end the buying and selling of people.
We are prevention focused; we prevent human trafficking by:


Our values:


As a member of STOP THE TRAFFIK, my commitment is:

  1. To work to further the purpose of STOP THE TRAFFIK as outlined by this charter 
  2. When I use the brand I will follow brand guidelines 
  3. When I fundraise I will follow the fundraising guidelines 
  4. When I collect data I will give all data collected to STOP THE TRAFFIK, the registered legal owner. 
  5. When I take action I will plan, stay safe and legal 
  6. To Work with other members whenever possible as greater impact can be achieved through collaboration.