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“Doing it for Love Not Money”.

Posted by Stop the Traffik on Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:35:26 +0000

Huge congratulations to Robert Alexander from STOP THE TRAFFIK Devon and Cornwall who won the Marsh Christian Trust Award for ‘Outstanding individual’ last week, an award that aims to recognise those who “do it out of love not money”; individuals that continue to pump in hours of efforts for the good of others, with no ask for any sort of recognition or attention.

Robert was applauded for his tremendous voluntary contributions over recent years, where lately, his work collaborating with charity ‘Unchosen’, a Bristol based organisation that uses the power of film to fight Modern Slavery, began to highlight the rapid breakthroughs in connection with his hard work. Driven to put an end to exploitative labour, Robert looked at how films produced in association with Unchosen charity could be key to raising awareness of modern slavery existent within the UK. By promoting and marketing the footage effectively, the films became a method of outreach, multiplying the number of supporters contributing to the deconstruction of a suspected $150 billion industry.

Accepting his award, Robert drew attention to the power of film as a medium for change within the industry; Unchosen charity, driving innovating ways to educate individuals on the persistent presence of modern slavery existent within the UK economy.

We are very grateful to have Robert leading STOP THE TRAFFIK public engagements across Devon and Cornwall; keep up the good work!



Posted by Stop the Traffik on Wed, 09 Nov 2016 10:48:49 +0000


Human trafficking is a global industry and, if we want to defeat it, we need to confront it with a global, collaborative approach. It is for this reason that STOP THE TRAFFIK has developed the STOP APP, a mobile app that allows individuals from anywhere in the world to share their stories on anything they may have seen or heard relating to human trafficking, in a safe and secure place.

Last week, STOP THE TRAFFIK rolled out the initial stage of its first ever targeted pilot of the STOP APP in South Africa, which was selected due to the prevalence of trafficking in the country. Here, trafficking is happening on a number of levels; individuals are being trafficked internally, with children being recruited from poor rural areas to urban areas, as girls are subjected to domestic servitude and boys are forced to work as street vendors and within agriculture. People are also being trafficked into the country from numerous source countries, including Thailand and China, and become victims of sexual exploitation and forced labour.

To kick off the pilot, STOP THE TRAFFIK has launched a targeted Facebook campaign, in order to directly engage those who are living and working in South African communities that are vulnerable to human trafficking and its effects. Alongside this, STOP THE TRAFFIK is working closely with organisations, businesses, NGOs and individuals in South Africa to deliver a concerted, collaborative approach, which aims to educate individuals on how to spot the signs of human trafficking, explain the tools available to report suspicious activity and empower them to join the fight against this crime.

Therefore, STOP THE TRAFFIK urges you, whether you are living in, are visiting or have recently visited South Africa, to download the STOP APP and share any stories you may have on human trafficking. By working with you and with organisations in South Africa, STOP THE TRAFFIK aims to identify any potential hotspots or trends where people are most vulnerable to this horrific crime, and take the necessary steps to stop it, through collaboration.

The pilot in South Africa is an important step in creating a global picture of human trafficking; it is only when we piece together these stories from vulnerable communities around the world that we will be able to ‘stop the traffik’ for good.

You can download the STOP APP on the App Store here or on Google Play here.


Posted by Stop the Traffik on Thu, 03 Nov 2016 14:00:18 +0000


In ITV’s recent historical drama, ‘Victoria’, slavery was a hot topic; the sixth episode of the series focused on the 1840 meeting at Exeter Hall for the anti-slavery convention, where Prince Albert delivered an impassioned speech against slavery. Despite the 1807 Slave Trade Act, which removed British involvement from the industry, slavery was still prevalent on a global scale and the convention was used as a vehicle to promote international collaboration and further its abolition across the Atlantic, given that it was still a thriving trade in America.

When Prince Albert took the stage, it was a momentous occasion; at the height of the British Empire, Victoria and Albert were amongst the most influential figures in the world and, by pledging their commitment to ending this issue, it was a demonstrative stand from the top down. However, set to the backdrop of the Victorian era, modern audiences could be led to believe that the series’ portrayal of this was merely an issue of its time, and one that was left behind a long time ago.

Nevertheless, over 175 years later, we are seeing history repeat itself. Once again, slavery is a highly prevalent issue and one of the most pressing crises of our time. It is estimated that over 45 million people are presently victims of modern slavery* – although it is almost impossible for us to understand the full extent, given the clandestine nature of this crime – and once again key global figureheads are taking to the world stage to demonstrate their commitment to eradicating this issue.

In September, UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, addressed the United Nations to deliver her campaign against modern slavery, with an aim to internationalise the work the UK has already done on the issue. Human trafficking is a truly global industry and, by meeting with representatives from around the world, this was an opportunity for May to promote a heightened cross-border collaboration and expand global policies to tackle the crime.

In line with this, May also implemented an increased budget of £33million in the UK in the fight against modern slavery in the UK and announced that UK intelligence will form an anti-slavery taskforce which will work to fight modern slavery. The taskforce will work both in source countries to disrupt the trafficking networks and within the UK, to uncover those who are benefitting from the slave trade and aid the prosecutions of these people.

It is clear that slavery, despite the efforts of history, has remained a prominent crime and it is critical that it is fought from the top by those with a worldwide influence- much like Albert and Victoria. However, history has taught us that this is not enough; for us to be successful in the fight against human trafficking it is imperative that this effort is a collaborative approach. We must work on an international scale and we must do this from within the communities that are affected by trafficking, for it is often those that are living within these vulnerable communities that hold the most vital information. By empowering these people to share their stories, we can create a much more complete picture of the global issue and we can build resilient communities that simultaneously recognise the issues around them and know how to address them.

It is for this reason that we have developed the STOP APP – a tool to empower people from every part of the world to share their stories and provide essential data for this global picture. With this global data, STOP THE TRAFFIK’s Centre for Intelligence-Led prevention is able to develop a much richer dataset, analyse its global impact and share it back to the communities and organisations to create a collaborative approach in the fight against human trafficking.

*Statistics taken from the Global Slavery Index

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.

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Session cookies will be deleted from your computer when you close your browser unless you were signed into your account whilst visiting our website. We will store session cookies in your profile to help us personalise your experience and nothing else. Persistent cookies will remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach a specified expiry date.


We use OpenCart software in relation to the purchase of products from our website. Cookies are used by OpenCart for your default language and currency settings and to remember the items that are in your basket.


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


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: You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies by visiting


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;


(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.