When our IT Ireland director is doing workshops in schools, she encourages students to think about writing a blog for our website.

Below is one sent from a student from St. Attractas Community School in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo. Her name is Mia Thomas.

‘Although I was aware that human trafficking was an issue in the world, I did not realise the sheer scale of this epidemic. As a result of the talk given by Mary, Jamie and Becky, I have become much more aware and understand just how serious the situation has become.

Mary explained that there are about 21 million victims of human trafficking in the world today, where one person is worth €70. This caused me to feel nauseous with anger and disgust. How could anyone have a right to put a price to another being? As if they were property, not human beings with feelings and most importantly, rights. How could anyone have a right to undermine others and claim that they were superior to them?

During the talk, Mary told us how in every 30 seconds, one person somewhere in the world was being trafficked. We went on to calculate that in just one school day, almost 1000 people were being trafficked somewhere in the world.

I never knew that human trafficking was taking place at such an enormous scale. Having listened to the presentation, I feel motivated to act against human trafficking once and for all. This behaviour is unacceptable and must be abolished if we want to live in a world that is perhaps safe and allows people to live without fear.

Thank you, Mary for the inspirational talk. I honestly have been moved by this and I hope our efforts will one day be enough to see the back of human trafficking!’