TRANSITION YEAR

Transition Year Blog

Invisible Traffick IRL are committed to teaching young people on topics, such as the of the signs of human trafficking and how to protect yourself from the possible dangers.  We are convinced that a workshop aimed at 15/16yrs would work well.

Transition Year (TY) is a programme designed to give ‘teens’ the opportunity to learn new skills, while gaining both life and work experience. It is a one year programme that promotes social, vocational and educational development for students during their 4th year of secondary school.

This week we contacted all the Post Primary schools in our area and offered to deliver a human trafficking workshop.  We are excited to say that, just a few hours later, we received our first phone call from one of the schools, inviting us to come along! As I spoke with the Principal, I was thrilled with his positive response.

He asked about Invisible Traffick, and the work we do. I was able to explain our aims and objectives, alongside the benefits that we would hope to accomplished through the workshop. Within minutes we had decided on a suitable date and divided the large group into four workshops, each with their own timeslot.

As part of the presentation we will be providing information on current facts and statistics about human trafficking.  The real ‘fact’ is by going into schools we are getting the opportunity to, quite possibly, help stop someone becoming one of those ‘statistics’.  We therefore believe and hope that these workshops will play an important role in the young people’s lives.

We are also excited to have the opportunity to ‘shed light’ to one of the most hidden injustices in our society, and to help make the invisible….visible.

If you know of a school or youth group that you believe would benefit from our worshop please get in contact via mary@invisibletraffick.org

THREE GIRLS – A STORY OF PERSEVERANCE

Some of you may already be aware that the BBC recently aired a documentary called ‘Three Girls’, based on the Roshdale Sex Ring. The documentary follows the story of 3 girls, Holly, Ruby and Amber, who find themselves being sold for sex, by older men, following a period of grooming.

The documentary is not an easy watch at all, but is incredibly eye opening into how girls find themselves in a position of being sexually exploited within their own city. It also gives a clear account of how the girls get justice after many years of being failed by the police and social services.

The girls are left completely broken by their experiences, with all three of them falling pregnant by their traffickers, yet amazingly still stand up in court to testify against their abusers.

Another vitally important person in helping the girls get justice is Sara Rowbotham, a sexual health worker, the first person to identify the abuse. As soon as Sara became aware of the abuse back in 2004 she made it her mission to gather as much information as possible before presenting it to social services and the police. Sara made 181 referrals for the young people between 2005-2011, however, when she did the social services simply dismissed the girl’s cases and instead of identifying the girls as victims of abuse, identified them as prostitutes. Sara was not in a position to do anything directly herself and was left failed by the people who could. But Sara did not give up there. She persevered. She knew the girls were still being exploited. She knew the girls were still begin sold for sex. So, she continued to gather evidence.

It wasn’t until 2012 when the girl’s cases were reconsidered, and Sara’s evidence was eventually used, acting as the main source of information. Eventually, following a hard battle in court 47 girls were identified as being trafficked, with 12 traffickers convicted. This is an amazing story of perseverance. Sara could have given up. She could have lost all hope for these girls. But she did not. She kept going. She knew the girls were far too important for her to give up.

I just want to encourage you in this – you may feel that your fight against human trafficking is too small, that you are not doing enough, that you are not making a difference to these girls lives. Let me encourage you to persevere. Freedom is possible. Justice is possible. And YOU are helping to make this happen!

INVISIBLE TRAFFICK EASTER NEWSLETTER

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HELPLINE

We have had an exciting month in March, as Invisible Traffick’s Helpline was launched! Funds are desperately needed in support of this and the money raised at the Strictly Come Dancing fundraiser at the beginning of April was a massive help towards the cost of this Helpline.

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STRICTLY COME DANCING
It was guys, girls, glitz and glamour on Friday 7th April at our first ever ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ competition. Twelve couples went head to head under the glitter ball after undergoing ten weeks of intensive dance training, to perform a range of classic ballroom dances.

The event was a brilliant evening of fun, but most importantly raised a fantastic amount of money for Invisible Traffick, with a grand total of £12, 524.70 (check this figure). This money which was raised will go towards supporting Invisible Traffick’s Helpline for victims, which was recently launched in March.

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DUBROVNIK HALF MARATHON 

The end of the month saw two supporters of Invisible Traffick, Andrea McCormick and Lisa Crawford, running in the Dubrovnik Half Marathon in Croatia. Please support them by making a donation through their MyBTDonate page here, where any donation would be greatly appreciated.

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DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
We have an exciting fundraiser planned for the 30th of September at Bangor Rugby Club! We are holding a charity fire walk in aid of Invisible Traffick, so if you feel like you would like to take part or volunteer on the night, this one is for you! More details to follow shortly…

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Thank you all for your continued support and all you do for IT, without your help our work would not be possible.