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On the road with Ruth Dearnley, STOP THE TRAFFIK CEO

Posted by Stop the Traffik on Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:34:19 +0000

Ruth, the CEO of STOP THE TRAFFIK, recently travelled to the USA to meet with our growing number of activists who are developing some amazing work. In this blog she shares a reflection she wrote, inspired by the 50 year commemoration of events at Selma Bridge, Alabama in 1965.


It’s an extraordinary country.

I’ve been in the USA for a few weeks now and it has been a great privilege to meet so many wonderful people who are a part of the STOP THE TRAFFIK global movement.

I have visited 5 different states, skyped live into a STOP THE TRAFFIK event in a coffee shop in Boston, met numerous STOP THE TRAFFIK activists, people across business, government, faith groups, media, community leaders and NGOs. I have spent this time listening to what is taking place across the USA, what STOP THE TRAFFIK is already doing and what could be.

Currently I am staying with friends in the unique city of Atlanta and for the first time in my life I got the opportunity to sit and watch the Oscars ‘live’.

For all the hype and rhetoric it was worth watching to witness the breath taking moment when the cast and song writers performed the Oscar winning song ‘Glory from the filmSelma’. Selma is a historical drama based on the marches that took place 50 years ago and led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This film felt poignant as these events that took place not far from where I am staying and 1965 was the year I was born! There is something unique and powerful to be nearby where events took place, to be among the people, walk the streets, and to feel the passion and power of people’s plea for justice.

It reminded me afresh that we stand on the shoulders of great people who walked across bridges of division and sacrificed their lives for what is right.

How many more bridges must we cross to cry out for the rights of those who are excluded, ignored and forgotten?

How many more roads must we march along together calling for true glory to be seen, when all people become free and no one is brought and sold?

Thank you for being part of STOP THE TRAFFIK and for all you are doing.

Each of our footsteps count in the march of a global movement. You count.

Be encouraged and inspired by those who truly showed us how to march well and change history.”


If you would like to support STOP THE TRAFFIK please donate here: www.stopthetraffik.org/donate


Be a STOP THE TRAFFIK chocolate hero in your school

Posted by Stop the Traffik on Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:19:12 +0000

This Easter you can join STOP THE TRAFFIK and help us campaign to end child trafficking in chocolate.

Download and use our three free lessons for ages 8-11 (key stage 2/3). Young people in your school will learn about what human trafficking is, feel equipped to take action to help prevent it, and excited to be empowered campaigners!

The lessons link human trafficking and chocolate focusing on our Easter campaign- we are asking supermarkets to stock more certified Easter eggs in 2016. Certified Easter eggs have the Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance or UTZ Certified mark which indicates that the chocolate was made in monitored conditions aimed to prevent human trafficking. Your pupils will be able to join hundreds of STOP THE TRAFFIK members from around the world in our specific Easter campaign actions by:
· Signing our petition: either themselves or asking friends and family to sign
· Delivering a postcard to their local supermarket: order your postcards here or download your own here >> bit.ly/EasterPC

Your pupils will also find out about William Wilberforce and how he helped end the transatlantic slave trade; discover where chocolate originates from and the chocolate making process; they will think about out how it might feel to have a price tag; and they will get hands on creating their own posters and campaign letters.

This learning journey will take young people from being learners to activists- finding out how they can have a positive impact and prevent social justice issues such as human trafficking, through their own actions and by influencing the actions of others.
You will all end up being STOP THE TRAFFIK classroom hero’s!

At STOP THE TRAFFIK we believe that young people have a vital role in preventing human trafficking, not only in knowing what it is so they can protect themselves and their friends, but also as future voices who can challenge a world where human trafficking currently thrives.

Each lesson includes lesson plans, info sheets for teachers, PowerPoints and activity resources.

Find out more about the lessons here: http://www.stopthetraffik.org/traffikfreeeaster
Download them here: http://www.stopthetraffik.org/campaign/traffikfreeeaster/what-you-can-do/340

Don’t forget to send us photos of your class in action or the posters you make- we’d love to see them! Email:info@stopthetraffik.org

 

Happy Ever After

Posted by Stop the Traffik on Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:41:47 +0000

A blog from our partner Oasis Belgium, who work with victims of human trafficking, introducing their new resources Love Abroad, aimed to reduce the vulnerability of women coming to Europe for marriage.

Are you looking for a Russian wife, or how about a Thai beauty, another option could be a hot Latino? If so go onto google and search for a ‘Mail Order Bride’.  Tens of thousands of websites will appear informing you that they can guarantee you love and happiness. To the men who may think of using this service we want to warn you that this offer does not come cheap. And to the women it may not be the happy ever after you seek.

Oasis Belgium works with Thai women who came to Belgium to marry Belgian men, and although they have a marriage certificate, they have also become victims of human trafficking.

Pami* used to work in a factory in Thailand; she had been through a divorce and was really struggling to make ends meet. Her friend then suggested that she tried to find a European man by looking online. So Pami went online, and signed up to a marriage agency, lots of girls in Thailand were looking for American and European men online, so why not? It wasn’t long before she met a charming Belgian guy. After chatting for a while they got married and she moved to Belgium. Everything was great at first, but it wasn’t long before she realised, it was not the happy ever after she had thought it would be. Her husband wanted to set up an erotic Thai massage parlour, for want of a better word a brothel.  He forced her to work there and to recruit other women to work there too. It wasn’t hard to find other Thai ladies to join. They soon discovered that there were lots of Thai girls in Belgian, who had moved there for marriage, but had ended up being victims of domestic violence and had run away. Pami had been deceived as she was made to believe she was going to Belgium for marriage but once arriving in Belgium she was introduced to sexual exploitation.

Many couples that meet online, through dating agencies or marriage agencies, find great and happy relationships. However for others like Pami end up in situations of exploitation. We have therefore created a resource called Love Abroad. This aims to reduce the vulnerability of women who come to Europe for marriage and to reduce the risk for them being trafficked? We aim to do this by giving them warnings, help-lines, information about culture shock and international relationships as well as tips for settling into a new country. We are working with embassies so that they will provide this information to women when they are issued with a marriage visa.

Check it out at: www.loveabroad.org

Ways that you can be involved:

Sharing the website on social media

Research for more information about: help-lines, language lessons, support groups

Contact us at: emma.gooding@oasisbe.org for more info!

*name changed


Take Action This Easter

Posted by Stop the Traffik on Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:18:55 +0000

16th Feb- Blue Egg

At this time of year supermarkets across the country and around the world are gearing up to sell millions of chocolate Easter eggs.

Yesterday I noticed the shelves of my local supermarket already being filled with an exciting selection of Easter eggs in bright colourful packaging. I decided to have a browse through and found a range of different sizes and tantalising flavours, but sadly I couldn’t find many certified Easter Eggs!

A certified Easter egg is one stamped with the Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance or UTZ Certified mark. These marks show customers like you and me that the chocolate in our Easter eggs has been made in monitored conditions that aim to prevent the trafficking of children.

But, why do we need these certifications? The shocking truth is that boys as young as ten are trafficked to perform the backbreaking and hazardous job of harvesting cocoa beans in the Cote D’Ivoire, West Africa. The cocoa beans they have to harvest end up in the chocolate we buy and love from our local shops, the chocolate in our Easter eggs.

Human Trafficking is the world’s fastest growing global crime. Despite improvements in the chocolate industry, human trafficking remains an ongoing and deep seeded problem. Together we have to put pressure on the chocolate industry to stop children and adults being trafficked and exploited to produce the chocolate we eat.

This Easter we’re taking action to try and prevent this- we’re calling on leading supermarkets in the UK, USA and Australia to double the number of certified Easter eggs they stock.

They will be ordering eggs for next year very soon, so it is vital that they hear from us today!

Take action now by:

  • Sign our petition:

Help us reach 10,000 signatures and add your name to our petition asking supermarkets to take action to help end child trafficking in chocolate by stocking double the number of certified Easter eggs next year.

Sign our petition now >bit.ly/TFEaster

  • Ordering our Easter postcards

Visit the STOP THE TRAFFIK page to order your postcards and hand them in to the supermarket manager on your next weekly shop.

Order your postcards now >bit.ly/EasterPC

Thank you for taking action, for more information and creative ways of get involved this Easter visit > www.stopthetraffik.org/campaign/traffikfreeeaster

Together we can make Easter #Traffikfree


2014 STOP THE TRAFFIK Highlights

Posted by Stop the Traffik on Tue, 30 Dec 2014 12:15:29 +0000

30 Dec

As the year draws to a close, I often find myself reminiscing about the events of the past year. And what a year it has been at STOP THE TRAFFIK!

You are part of a rapidly growing global movement of people who are passionate about ending the buying and selling of people. This powerful movement has gone from strength to strength throughout 2014 and our cry for justice has been heard loud and clear in so many ways.

Our network has expanded- we now have leadership in Australia, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, India, Brazil, USA, Belgium and Canada, as well as thousands of activists in over 70 countries who are creatively taking action in their own lives and through their communities to STOP human trafficking. Check out some of the 2014 highlights,

2014 STOP THE TRAFFIK Highlights 

  • The launch of two new global campaigns! Fashion and Tea lovers around the world are now taking action to STOP THE TRAFFIK
  • Tens of thousands of people have discovered how they can prevent trafficking at the GIFT box which hit the streets across Brazil, United Kingdom, USA and Slovakia
  • STOP THE TRAFFIK has led the debate around the inclusion of “supply chains” in the proposed UK Modern Slavery Bill
  • Creative awareness-raising events have taken place all over the world – Freedom Relays, Art Auctions, Clothes Swaps, Flash mobs, Film nights, Marathons to name just a few!
  • Hundreds of teachers, faith leaders, police officers and social workers have been trained to spot the signs of trafficking in their community
  • Over 1000 churches took part in Freedom Sunday – a day of pray and action against trafficking
  • Chain Checker went live! Businesses now have a simple tool to help them become traffik-free
  • Earlier this month Irene Rosenfeld (CEO, Mondelez) received a giant Christmas gift containing messages from thousands of activists calling for Traffik Free Chocolate

As we look ahead to the possibilities of 2015, STOP THE TRAFFIK will continue to pioneer ground-breaking ways for ordinary people like you and me to take action. Watch out for new ideas and exciting new tools for everyone to use. We must make it easy to gather information, share what we know and work locally across the globe to prevent this grievous crime. We want to see our movement extend its reach and make it possible for every person in every country to shout STOP.

Give a gift to STOP THE TRAFFIK – Help us shine a light in dark places. There are people all over the world who are vulnerable to the trafficker’s trade. Help us to create communities where the vulnerable are safe and the traffickers find it impossible to operate. >> Donate now www.stopthetraffik.org/donate 

We look forward to taking action with you in the New Year.

Happy New Year from all at STOP THE TRAFFIK

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When you make a donation please note that this is via the WorldPay platform. Please check WorldPay's privacy policy in relation to any cookies that may be downloaded from that site at http://www.worldpay.com/about_us/index.php?page=privacy&c=WW.

 

We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of this website. Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users' computers. The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google will store this information. Google's privacy policy is available at: http://www.google.com/privacypolicy.html. You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies by visiting http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

 

Most browsers allow you to reject all cookies, whilst some browsers allow you to reject just third party cookies. For example, in Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking "Tools", "Internet Options", "Privacy", and selecting "Block all cookies" using the sliding selector. Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites, including this one.

 

(3) Using your personal information

 

Personal information submitted to us via this website will be used for the purposes specified in this privacy and cookies policy or in relevant parts of the website.

 

We may use your personal information to:

 

(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 info@stopthetraffik.org);

 

(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 http://www.worldpay.com/about_us/index.php?page=privacy&c=WW.

 

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 info@stopthetraffik.org. 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 info@stopthetraffik.org.


(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 info@stopthetraffik.org 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.