NOMORETRAFFIK2014

Tomorrow sees the launch of No More Traffik’s 3rd Awareness Festival. Our aim is to make some noise about human trafficking so that NI is aware & able to act. Can you help spread the word this week, too?   This is the programme of organised events. It’s not too late to join – talkContinue reading “NOMORETRAFFIK2014”

They have names.

Three weeks ago over 200 girls were abducted at school in Chibok by Boko Haram, a militant extremist group whose name means “Western education is a sin”. There are reports of some of the girls having died, others being ill, some trafficked to Chad or Cameroon. The latest report is that 276 are still missing.Continue reading “They have names.”

CARAC

Kiki, my lovely sister, is back from University for a few weeks. When we hang out we tend to try and solve global issues, paint our nails, reminisce, giggle a lot, talk about the future, shop and other things that sisters do. Yesterday when having a bit of a nostalgia session we remembered one of our favourite SwissContinue reading “CARAC”

MISSING GIRLS OF MOLDOVA

Because a little girl, once she’s beat, won’t fight back. http://vimeo.com/21076799 Bright spark: people like those who run Stella’s House. They give us hope. The ability the girls have to look straight into the camera – they are rebuilding their lives. Practical step: donate to Stella’s House, or think about how you can reduce vulnerabilityContinue reading “MISSING GIRLS OF MOLDOVA”

THE TRIP

Hung’s story has haunted me since I heard it. It is of significant concern that where indicators of human trafficking are identified in cases before the courts that no consideration is being given to the possibility that the person is a victim of human trafficking.

Sick of ‘being ethical’. Whatever that means.

My cousin called me a rabble-rouser and I’m sick of it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a compliment. But ugh. You see, Wee Frizz, when she called me that, was referring to the fact that she has become involved in the #makefashiontraffikfree campaign after a few chats/links we shared. And I’m so glad. I got teary-eyedContinue reading “Sick of ‘being ethical’. Whatever that means.”

40

40. The number of victims recovered from trafficking in NI since April 2013*. (We said 39 originally, but 1 rescued from cannabis cultivation last week.) The highest annual total so far – over 170% higher than last year – which is down to effective policing and heightened community awareness (NOT to an increase in the activityContinue reading “40”

Trafficking in NI: statistics, media, panic and hope.

NI is panicking. There has been an 173% increase in human trafficking here in the past year. Nothing is being done – how could there be, with such awful news? ♠ NI is celebrating. There has been a 173% increase in recoveries of victims of trafficking here in the past year. A lot is beingContinue reading “Trafficking in NI: statistics, media, panic and hope.”

#internationalwomensday inspiring change

Today I get to celebrate women at 3 International Women’s Day events with work. I’m just back from the first, and I’m still processing it – it was hugely inspiring. Belfast is known for its construction of the Titanic, and in recent years has opened the Titanic Centre, which tells the story of the shipContinue reading “#internationalwomensday inspiring change”

January Book 3: Undaunted

The third book I had lined up to read in January was Christine Caine’s new book, Undaunted. Caine has a fascinating life story which she draws from in the book as a means of explaining how it fuels the things she is involved in; specifically, in founding and directing the A21 Campaign, a global anti-slaveryContinue reading “January Book 3: Undaunted”