THE ITGB CHARITY SPRING BALL

Invisible Traffick GB held their annual Spring Ball on Saturday the 20th of May and our director and her husband had the pleasure of attending. As always it was a joyous night of celebration and fundraising with Invisible Traffick GB’s wonderful volunteers. These incredible men and women so generously give of their time to help support survivors of human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation to recover with ITGB’s long-term, trauma-based programme which aims to help them lead independent, successful and productive lives, free from exploration.

The grand total raised from this years Spring Ball was an incredible £8119.81! This is a fantastic amount and we would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who contributed towards this. Invisible Traffick GB will be using this money for their new garden based Therapy Centre, which will provide a much needed space of tranquility and peace which has been designed specifically as a safe haven for their residents to undertake their counselling away from home.

If you feel you would like to volunteer for ITGB, or you’d like to help and support in some other way, you can visit our website www.invisibletraffick-gb.org for more information.

DON’T FORGET THE BOYS…

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When thinking about human trafficking we often allow our minds to run straight to the young girls sold into “a better life” only to find themselves sold into a life of prostitution, violence and loneliness scenario. This is obviously a huge part of the area that we seek to bring justice too through the efforts of Invisible Traffick. However, I have recently been thinking about it from a very different standpoint…

The men…

The boys…

Not the taken but the takers…

You may find these people a horrific group to spend time thinking about but hear me out… I find it hard to believe that as these traffickers grew up, in whatever circumstances they found themselves, they dreamt of becoming a slave traders. Most of us answer wit,: teacher, mechanic, fireman, as we answered the teachers question of, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I don’t ever remember hearing slave trader in the classroom.

It got me thinking to my own boys… Indeed it is important to make people aware of the signs to look out for but also it is important for us to raise up young men, and women who are honest, just and respectable people in their community. It is about raising men who are gentlemen, who know the true value of a woman, of a young girl and who through no action de-value her.

It is about raising young men, who are content with what they have, never striving for too much in terms of money, power or status – but being content with what they have and using it wisely. I fear the role of slave trader does not come from a childhood fantasy growing up, but rather from a desire for power and money that gets out of control… and can only be fulfilled through the horrific injustice of using other people in inhuman ways. It is simply a lack of respect for others and their value as humans, which has been overshadowed by a deep greed and lust for power.

Indeed we need to make people aware of the signs to look out for, but equally, we need to train up our young men and young women to value people, respect one another and be content with their materialistic situation.

INVISIBLE TRAFFICK FIREWALK

We have a very exciting and orignal event coming up soon – firewalking! Are YOU up to the challenge? Do you have the courage to walk barefoot along roasting hot coals in aid for Invisible Traffick?

Details as follows –

Date: 30th September 2017

Venue: Bangor Rugby club

Time: BBQ etc from 5pm, Firewalk at 7:30pm

We are asking for £20 non-refundable registration fee and additional sponsorship.

There will be BBQ, refreshments, kiddies activities, icecream and music from 5pm.

Contact Nikki on info@invisibletraffick.org

Still want more info, check out the Firewalking Organisation’s website here.

This is going to be a fantatsic event for people of all ages! We would love if you and your family and friends could join us, or even… walk on coals for us! Please be in touch.

INVISIBLE TRAFFICK PRESENTATIONS – COULD WE COME TO YOU?

At Invisible Traffick we offer presentations to local organisations in order to educate everyone in the community about human trafficking.Our presentations cover the following topics:

*what human trafficking is

*what forms it takes

*spotting the signs of trafficking

*how to report any activity you believe to be suspicious

We also will explain who we at invisible trafficking are, and allow for a question and answer session at the end.  Our hope is that through our presentation your employees will feel better equipped to fight invisible trafficking.

Recently we have visited:

*Business in the Community

*Citi Bank

*St. Luke’s Hospital Armagh

*Ulster Hospital

*Allianz

*Moy Park

*Heron Bros Londonderry

*Baker McKenzie

*Parliament Buildings Stormont

Baker McKenzie posted on Facebook after our presentation saying:

“We were joined by the director from Invisible Traffick yesterday. She gave a very powerful presentation raising awareness about the existence of human trafficking in Northern Ireland and the signs to watch out for and what to do if you suspect this is happening in your own community.

This is an issue on which our Firm has worked hard in many places and ways.”

Could we come to your organisation?  Almost all companies can be involved in some form of trafficking, directly or indirectly, aware or unaware.  Please be in touch according to your organisation location:

Northern Ireland – info@invisibletraffick.org / nikki@invisibletraffick.org

Ireland – mary@invisibletraffick.org

Great Britain – alison@invisibletraffick.org

Let’s all be aware of the signs to stop human trafficking so we can work together to help eliminate human trafficking completely from our community.

COUPLE JAILED FOR HOLDING MENTALLY DISABLED WOMAN AS ‘SEX SLAVE’

Keith Baker has been sentenced to 15 years in prison following being convicted of sexually abusing a mentally disabled lady, while holding her prisoner in his house for eight years.

The room had no light bulb, carpets or curtains.  The door had no handle on the inside and the toilet was overflowing with human excrement.

The victim was so badly emaciated she had only one tooth left once she was rescued.

The woman’s learning difficulties were so severe her IQ placed her in the lowest 0.3% of the population.

The woman was reported missing in Cambridge in England in 2004. She was taken to Northern Ireland by Baker, the judge said.

Please click here for full news report.