Current Campaign – Stop the Traffik

10 03 2011


WHO IS STOP THE TRAFFIK?

STOP THE TRAFFIK is a growing global movement of individuals, communities and organisations fighting to PREVENT the sale of people, PROTECT the trafficked and PROSECUTE the traffickers. STOP THE TRAFFIK was set up in 2006 to

• Educate: raise awareness and understanding of human trafficking and what can be done about it

• Advocate: engage with communities and professionals to create an environment where it is harder to traffik, hide and exploit people

• Fundraise: financing STOP THE TRAFFIK projects and anti-trafficking activities around the world which work with advocates, those vulnerable to and those who have been, trafficked. STOP THE TRAFFIK now has more than 1000 member organisations in 50 countries and tens of thousands of activists all over the world. When people act, things change.

OUR STORY

STOP THE TRAFFIK’s story started in India when Phil worked at a day centre for vulnerable children in Mumbai, India. Despite an economic boom and thriving garment industry, absolute poverty affects huge numbers of people living in India. In Mumbai, the Thane train station acts as housing for hundreds of families and the day centre offers refuge to children and young people living on the station and in neighboring slums. Back in 2000, a 7 and 9 year old brother and sister who lived with their parents on Thane station started visiting the centre – they played, the laughed, they fought – they were children. After a few months they stopped attending. Becoming concerned Phil went to the station to ask their father if the children were all right. The children had been sold. Sold to a nice man offering work for the equivalent of $20. The children have never been seen since. What happened to this brother and sister? Nobody knows. In that area of Mumbai children often disappeared. They are kidnapped or sold into prostitution, forced labour, adoption or even child sacrifice. But this was once too often. Phil was so deeply affected by what had happened that he knew he had to do all he could to prevent it happening to others. At the same time a number of UK organisations wanted to work together to commemorate the 2007 Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade. Stories and passions from around the world merged together and STOP THE TRAFFIK was born. Initially STOP THE TRAFFIK was set up as a 2 year campaign to

• Host “Freedom Day” on March 25th 2007 to mark the bicentenary of the abolition of transatlantic slavery. Thousands of people of all ages brought awareness to the streets of their communities all around the world.

• Petition and hand a million signatures to the United Nations in 2007. By the time 2007 came around, over 1.5 million people had signed the declaration and got involved. Instead of ending, with a following of 1.5 million activists STOP THE TRAFFIK became an independent international charity and Steve Chalke, Chair of STOP THE TRAFFIK, was appointed UN Special Advisor On Community Action Against Trafficking. With your help STOP THE TRAFFIK will continue to grow and reach those at risk as well as inspire people to become voices against trafficking. We will not stop until the trafficking and exploitation stops.

What is Human Trafficking?

“The greatest and most shameful regrets of history is always about the truth we failed to tell.” —Haugen 2005

• TRAFFICKING IS… to be deceived or taken against your will, bought, sold and transported into slavery for sexual exploitation, sweat shops, child brides, circuses, sacrificial worship, forced begging, sale of human organs, farm labour, domestic servitude.

• TRAFFICKING IS… where family members and friends deceive parents to release their children or sell them for as little as $20 each, selling them on to local gangmasters or serious organised international trafficking rings.

• TRAFFICKING IS… growing. 2–4 MILLION men, women and children are trafficked across borders and within their own country every year. More than one person is trafficked across borders EVERY MINUTE, which is equivalent to five jumbo jets every day. a trade that earns twice as much worldwide revenue as Coca Cola.

• TRAFFICKING IS… where victims usually suffer repeated physical abuse, fear, torture and threats to families to break their spirits and turn them into saleable commodities. a person can be sold and trafficked many times.

CAMPAIGN AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN THE

CHOCOLATE INDUSTRY

Around the world people eat chocolate made with ingredients like exploitation and violence. It’s time chocolate companies stopped profiting from trafficked child labour. Take part in our campaign to bring an end to the trafficking of children in the chocolate industry.

• 1. Eat traffik free chocolate

• 2. Let Nestle know you want all their chocolatey products traffik free

• 3. Host a fondue party

• 4. Let your local shop know you want to buy traffik free chocolate

• 5. Read Chaga and the chocolate factory and help kids understand the issue

1. Eat chocolate, eat lots of chocolate, but buy, eat and give traffik free (fair trade or rainforest alliance)

WHY FAIRTRADE or RAINFOREST ALLIANCE?

• Because these symbols give us a traffik free guarantee.

• Because it shows the Chocolate Industry that we want chocolate but we only want traffik free chocolate!

• Because your choice for traffik free chocolate matters! The average person spends £100 / $160 / 114 Eur on 200 chocolate bars a year. Make your chocolate buying a choice of freedom.

• Check out our Good Chocolate Guides to find out where to buy fair-trade chocolate.

2. Nestlé’s traffik free chocolate: Four finger Kit-Kat A non-exhaustive list of Nestlé’s chocolaty products that may use child, trafficked labour: Heaven, 2 finger Kit Kat (Milk, Orange, Mint, Caramel, Dark), Kit Kat Senses, Kit Kat Chunky (Milk chocolate and Peanut Butter), Kit Kat Mini, Milky bar buttons, Rolo, Smarties, After Eight, Black Magic, Dairy Box, Quality Street, Matchmakers, Munchies, Crunch, Walnut Whip, Animal Bar Blue Riband biscuits, Breakaway, Drifter, Toffee Crisp, Rolo Doughnuts, Lion, Milky bar, Smarties Party Cake, Aero chunky, Mint Aero, Cocoa Shreddies, Aero, Rolo Chocolate Brownie, Yorkie Cookie, Aero Bubbly Desserts, Yorkie, Nero, Caramac, Milky bar Smooth and Creamy White Chocolate Dessert, Rolo Wickedly Delicious Milk Chocolate & Toffee Dessert, Nesquick chocolate milkshake, Toffee Crumble, Smarties ice cream, Fab, Smarties Pop-up, Nobbly Bobbly, Maxibon, Drumstick, Nestle Cheerios, Nesquick cereal, Movenpick chocolate varieties, every type of chocolate Haagen Dazs, … too many to list.

OLYMPIC GLOBAL FREEDOM SUMMIT – Our Aims

In 2012 London welcomes the world to the Olympic Games. During the summer of 2012 thousands of young, hopeful athletes will choose to travel from around the world to win gold in London at the Olympics. Every minute of every hour of every day, other young people are forced to travel around the world to make gold for someone else; trafficked. In 2012, athletes will travel to follow dreams of having a gold medals placed round their necks, their national anthems ringing in their ears as they stand on the podium. At the same time other young men and women will travel to follow their dreams of a better future – only to find they become hidden from view; a trafficker’s golden prize. We must alert the world that travelling is not risk free. We need to alert communities to the fact that people cannot be bought and sold. Global Travel Alert Every journey ends with a destination and the hopes of a safe place to stay. Whether a hotel suite or a hostel room; good hospitality leaves no room for trafficking.

The Global Freedom Summits will:

• ASSERT PEOPLE’S RIGHT TO TRAVEL SAFELY.

• RAISE AWARENESS OF HOW TO TRAVEL SAFELY.

• CREATE A HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY THAT IS ALERT TO THE ISSUE

AND ALLOWS NO ROOM FOR TRAFFICKING.

• EMPOWER COMMUNITIES TO SEND OUT THEIR OWN GLOBAL

TRAVEL ALERT.

The power of ACTion

ACT: A real life case study

Claire decided to raise money and increase awareness of trafficking in her own community. To help her in her quest for a traffik free town, she put out a collection box and leaflets in her local dry cleaners. One Friday, the dry cleaner told Claire there was a woman staying with him who he now thinks is the victim of trafficking for sexual exploitation. Ava was from the Middle East. She married a Romanian man who bought her to England and told her she would have to have sex with other men. Ava was scared and ran away. She did not speak English so went to a Middle Eastern restaurant for help. By chance the dry cleaner went to that restaurant and took Ava home. When he saw Claire, he asked what he should do. Claire called STOP THE TRAFFIK. Ava now has a safe place to sleep and is getting the help she needs. All this happened because one community member told another community member about human trafficking. Small actions make big differences. (Although this is an amazing story, if you find yourself in a similar situation, seek advice before being housed or offering housing to a vulnerable person)

Mission

STOP THE TRAFFIK is a global campaign working through individuals, organisations and communities to stop and help prevent people trafficking. We believe that trafficking can be stopped through community awareness and action and we exist to provide people with resources and tools so anyone and everyone get involved.

ACT resources are designed to help create and engage community groups so they

can:

• create awareness and understanding in a community about human trafficking, how it affects inhabitants and what they can do about it

• become advocates and help reduce the harm inflicted on those hidden or vulnerable

• campaign and lobby, pushing for local, national and international change

• create a community where it is harder for traffickers to hide themselves and their victims

Principles and Values

STOP THE TRAFFIK is a global campaign fighting to stop and helping prevent the harm inflicted on other people through human trafficking is not an anti–prostitution or anti-immigration campaign. STOP THE TRAFFIK believe that freedom from slavery is a human right STOP THE TRAFFIK strongly adhere to a philosophy of inclusion regardless of ethnicity, faith, age, sexuality or gender STOP THE TRAFFIK takes a victim – centered approach seeing those who have been caught in this crime in need of protection and restoration STOP THE TRAFFIK values the contribution that people and local communities can make to stop trafficking. STOP THE TRAFFIK will find innovative ways to raise awareness on the issue of trafficking and in providing possible active participation in the campaign

REF: http://www.stopthetraffik.org/

Stop the Traffik Campaign is fantastic, just reading through the above information i found out some things i would of never have thought off. I eat chocolate all the time but i never actually think about where it came from or who was working to get it to the shops. This campaign through me back a bit.

 

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