Who we are

Merton Against Trafficking (‘MAT’) was set up in September 2008. We are a voluntary organisation dedicated to the elimination of trafficking people for exploitation within the London Borough of Merton. Human trafficking is a fast growing international crime which directly affects people within our community in Merton. The vision of MAT is that nobody should be bought or sold. Our group therefore aims to uncover the extent to which trafficking is a problem in Merton – and then to take action to stop this injustice.

We recognise that ‘trafficking’ has a very wide definition and includes people who have been forced into marriage and low paid labour, asylum seekers and children, as well as women or children trafficked into the sex industry. For more information on human trafficking, go to the page ‘Trafficking.’

MAT is also an active member of some wider groups such as ‘London Communities Against Trafficking’ and ‘Stop the Traffik.’ We don’t want to simply move the problem out of the Merton community and into another borough, but we would like to see trafficking stop altogether. This means joining together with other community groups to co-ordinate action to stop the injustice of trafficking.


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Margaret Mead