Poverty: why?

Working to prevent human trafficking means being very aware of WHY it happens to begin with. It is only by looking at the root of an issue that we may see how to fix it. Gary Haugen does this brilliantly when looking at the problem of poverty. I highly recommend taking a few minutes toContinue reading “Poverty: why?”

International Women’s Day: #‎SheInspiresMe

Happy International Women’s Day! I love today, because it (and the days around it) are a chance to think about some of the great women we know as individuals and communities. It is necessary to highlight these women because gender inequality is still a problem that leads to some of most horrific abuse we knowContinue reading “International Women’s Day: #‎SheInspiresMe”

Generosity and Greed

Today is #GIVINGTUESDAY – a celebration of generosity. I’d love for you to read something a little more work-related. As you know, I manage a charity called No More Traffik that aims to stop human trafficking in Northern Ireland and further afield. When we think about why trafficking exists in the world, we often come backContinue reading “Generosity and Greed”

THIS WEEK: 7 potential traffickers arrested/charged & 23 potential victims recovered in NI

This week has been huge for trafficking-related news in Northern Ireland.  3 traffickers were arrested (2 were charged) in relation to forced labour in County Armagh which resulted in the recovery of 20 people – 14 men and 6 women – identified as potential* victims of trafficking.  Then, 2 Northern Irish men (from Limavady) wereContinue reading “THIS WEEK: 7 potential traffickers arrested/charged & 23 potential victims recovered in NI”

#GIFTBoxNI

The GIFT Box has arrived! In partnership with the United Nations, the first GIFT Box launched in London 2012 to raise awareness of human trafficking. We got to attend STOP THE TRAFFIK Brazil’s GIFT Box Launch in November in preparation for the World Cup and were so impressed that we knew we had to get oneContinue reading “#GIFTBoxNI”

“Not here! Far from here.” CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION IN BRAZIL

BBC Panorama highlighted the contrast they found when researching the World Cup preparations in Brazil in this documentary two nights ago. It’s really tough watching, but it’s important. I saw the same contrast when in Rio last year: excitement and promise, financial investment, change and progress…right next to poverty, despair, exploitation, addiction and hopelessness. We stayedContinue reading ““Not here! Far from here.” CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION IN BRAZIL”

FREEDOM SONGS

Off the back of the sold-out ‘Freedom Songs’ event in November 2013 at Crumlin Road Gaol, Hannah McPhillimy is releasing a 3-track EP of some the songs from the night itself, with all proceeds going to No More Traffik. Amidst a hugely successful year of breaking onto Northern Ireland’s music scene, Hannah bravely lets goContinue reading “FREEDOM SONGS”

#nomoretraffik

So this week, we launched the 2014 #nomoretraffik festival. It’s been an amazing start and I can’t wait to see what happens next.  We asked you (and the rest of the NMT crew) to share a childhood photo in order to raise awareness of #nomoretraffik and #bringbackourgirls. I was AMAZED at the response: over 700 shares. I gotContinue reading “#nomoretraffik”

When I was 2…

When I was 2, I wanted to be a singer. No one wants to be a slave. Today is the start of #nomoretraffik week. We are using the opportunity to ask the Nigerian Government to #BringBackOurGirls. What did you dream of being when you grew up?