Summer has finally come to an end. London was an amazing experience. Getting to work with Stop the Traffik for the last two weeks was the perfect way to end the summer. I enjoyed getting to work with the Global and the UK STT team.
Stop the Traffik is a nonprofit organization dedicating to spreading awareness about human trafficking. They plan and create campaigns to help prevent human trafficking and raise awareness globally. Stop the Traffik has worked to provide information to the public so they can help prevent this heinous crime from happening in their country and around the world.
Stop the Traffik is currently promoting and working on three of their major campaigns: Chocolate, Fashion, and Tea. These three campaigns are to raise awareness that human trafficking could be going on in the chocolate industry, the fashion industry, as well as the tea industry. While in London, I was able to research the current anti-trafficking policies in the UK. The Modern Slavery Bill is one of the first and major steps in having policy passed to punish criminals of human trafficking.
The Modern Slavery Bill is a piece of legislation that is currently in Parliament. One of the major things that the bill pushes for is transparency in the supply chains of businesses. In other words, ensuring that the supply chains of different companies are checked and regulated to be free of any human trafficking or forced labor.
The chocolate, fashion, and tea campaign are linked to the Bill in that they promote transparency in companies pertaining to the campaign. Companies like Cadbury and Nestlé have bowed to the campaign by providing certified chocolate bars – traffik-free chocolate. The same idea is behind the fashion and tea campaign.
HOW WE CAN HELP:
As students or a young population, we often feel that the solution is out of our reach, especially for a crime like human trafficking. However, that is not true. There is definitely something we can do right now. There are many fashion firms, retail stores, chocolate companies, tea manufacturers around the world. All we need to do is let them know that we want traffik-free chocolate, fashion, and tea.
One great way is by simply sending a postcard from Stop the Traffik. Let the company know that you want traffik free chocolate, fashion or tea. By clicking on this link http://www.stopthetraffik.org/take-action, you can find many ways to help. The time to do something is now. Many of us have only heard of the rescue story, but why not prevent the crime from happening in the first place. We all are the eyes and ears of the places we live. Just by paying attention, reporting, and acting, we can help fight against human trafficking.
This not a problem just in the UK, it is a problem everywhere. And we, as a global community need to fight together to stop the traffik.