Human trafficking is not a subject that many know much about other than maybe having seen Liam Neeson dispatching a few ‘traffickers’ in the film Taken.
In fact many people don’t even know that it is a very real and serious problem in our world today, even in Fareham. A police officer told me two trafficked women were rescued in our area not so long ago.
A study a few years ago concluded that the buying and selling of people (usually for sexual exploitation, slavery or for human organs) is the second largest source of illegal income worldwide.
This is exceeded only by drugs trafficking.
Unicef estimates that 1.2m children are trafficked every year. These statistics send shivers down my spine – and they should. For many of us it is unthinkable, not to mention uncomfortable, to think on such things, but if we are to see justice prevail we must first be confronted with the reality of the ugly truth… and then we must act!
Edmund Burke once said ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men (and women) to do nothing’ – never has this famous quote been more pertinent.
We cannot let this continue. This has to stop.
So what can we do about it? A good place to start is at stopthetraffik.org – it’s full of practical resources to help you to help the millions of men, women and children being sold for profit.
Stop the traffik is a charitable organisation partnering with the United Nations to bring an end to human trafficking once and for all. So please join the growing number of people seeking to raise awareness about this issue and let’s abolish slavery once and for all.