Patsy Butler is a member of TRAC and sent the following extract:
“Welcome to the Trafficking Awareness-Raising and Campaigning Group of the Medaille Trust – better known as the TRAC Group. The group consists of representatives of many of the religious congregations that make up the Medaille Trust, who come together to:
Many of our members are involved in giving talks, writing letters, researching, networking and promoting campaigns to bring an end to the deplorable trade which has stripped so many people of their human dignity and reduced women, young men and children to mere commodities. We work to inform ourselves, our congregation and anyone else who’ll listen.”
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“Jesus said, “Whatever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters, you do to me!”
“The suffering and scale of slavery is vast and can overwhelm us but there is something we can all do, and every positive action is important and impacts on the whole. The following are some actions that we might consider taking:
1 Ask your MP to urge the Government to ratify ‘the Council of
2 Ask you MP to use his/her position to obtain funding from the seized assets of the traffickers to directly help the victims in our Safe Houses.
3 Become more informed on this issue and engage in conversation with others in your home, workplace, sports club and place of worship
4 Pray for all involved in sex trafficking.”
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PATSY GIVES AN UPDATE ON TRAFFICKING
e.g. the Home Office, Immigration and Crime and H. Trafficking, SOCA, Border and Immigration Agency, Interpol, Eaves housing.....
Sometimes we might think that the police are not doing enough to rescue people who are trafficked but to date the information is
55 Police Forces involved
515 premises visited
188 women removed
Finance is the big problem for all concerned. The police need more money to send their forces out in search of pimps and those trapped....police say" wherever we look we find".
ACTION: We need to write to MPs to ask
"Has the Government signed the
"Have they ratified the Agreement in Parliament/in the Dail?"
(This agreement ensures that the country is responsible for the maintenance of those rescued from trafficking while they are deciding whether they want to return to their own country or not...the time given for this decision is 3 months.)
OTHER NEWS ON JUSTICE ISSUES
The Inter -Congregational Working Party in
Recently a forty-eight year old married woman from