For Human Trafficking Awareness month, Ruth Jacobs is “running a series of interviews with advocates and activists, as well as survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.” I was honoured to be interviewed amongst some of my heroes. The start of the interview is below. Please also take a look at the other interviews here.
How did you become involved in the movement against human trafficking?
I had what some would very rightly call a ridiculous fear of getting bored in the summer months between my undergrad and postgrad studies, so I gave myself a few projects. Having seen ‘Amazing Grace’, a film about the life and work of abolitionist William Wilberforce, I added researching slavery to my list of summer activities – which also included learning to enjoy running. Sadly, I have yet to tick that one off.
This project was based on the assumption that slavery was a thing of the past; I quickly found out there are more slaves today than there ever have been and was gripped by this new unveiled reality. I couldn’t believe it and I couldn’t turn away from it.
Read the rest of my interview here.