Merton Against Trafficking in conjunction with Unchosen are hosting an evening of film, questions and debate in order to raise awareness of human trafficking in the London Borough of Merton.
It is an opportunity to see some short films that have been specially commissioned, to engage with practitioners who are active in the anti-trafficking field and interact with a small range of organisations who will be exhibiting on the night.
Our hope is that this evening will spark a debate about the issue, highlight local and neighbouring incidences of trafficking, and engage key frontline agencies and the wider community in tackling human trafficking.
Our panel members for the evening include: Emily Chalke, Founder of Ella’s Home, Jo Underwood – Lawyer for Shelter and founder of MAT, Chris Ansell- Member of the Met Police Anti-Trafficking response team and a representative from ECPAT – End child Prostitution and Slavery.
This event is for you if you are a professional, NGO or part of a statutory organisation engaged with combating human trafficking or caring for trafficking survivors, if you are a concerned citizen from Merton or a neighbouring borough or if you simply want to learn more about the issue. To book tickets, click here.
In 2011, the UK Human Trafficking Centre identified 2077 victims of trafficking in the UK. These figures are widely percived to be the tip of the iceberg. Human trafficking involves the movement of an individual from one place to another using violence, coercion or deception, for the purposes or forced labour, domestic servitude, sexual exploitation, forced marriage and organ harvesting. The figures below are a breakdown of the identified victims in the UK in 2011.
– 31% for sexual exploitation
– 24% of victims were children
– 22% for labour exploitation
– 17% for criminal exploitation
– 11% of victims were trafficked for the purposes of domestic servitude
– 1% for organ harvesting.
For more information please look at the following websites: matonline.org.uk or unchosen.org.uk
“Watching an Unchosen film brings clarity and understanding to the issue of human trafficking in a way that the written word can’t. It’s like shining a bright light on a subject that had previously only been visible in the shadows.” Anne Read, Anti trafficking Coordinator, The Salvation Army