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Shining a light on human trafficking

Merseyside / February 21

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner will support a special event hosted by Childreach International to draw attention to the problem of human trafficking at Liverpool’s International Slavery Museum tonight.

The event will include a special free screening of the Hollywood film SOLD in the unique setting of the museum before it hits cinema screens across the country. The screening will be followed by a presentation by charity Childreach International on their Taught, not Trafficked campaign which works to keep Nepali children safe by helping them to stay in school.

The audience will then be able to question a panel of local experts, including the Police Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, Dr. Alex Balch from the Centre for the Study of International Slavery and Phill Clayton the North West manager of City Hearts, a charity which houses and supports survivors of human trafficking.

SOLD, starring Gillian Anderson and executive produced by Emma Thompson, tells the story of Lakshmi, a thirteen year-old Nepali girl sold to a brothel in India. An extraordinary tale of survival, SOLD is an incredibly powerful film that inspires audiences to take a stand against this evil crime.

Jane Kennedy said: “This event aims to shine a light on the issue of human trafficking, to get the audience to really think about the grim reality of what may lie in store for those vulnerable people who fall prey to modern day slavers. I hope by doing so we can start a conversation, here on Merseyside and in cities across the UK, which in turn will raise awareness and understanding of this horrific crime and help people to know how to spot the tell-tale warning signs.

“We need the public’s help if we are to find and rescue vulnerable people who have been enslaved and trafficked. I support organisations such as Childreach International who are working across the globe to protect people from a life of abuse, exploitation and violence.”

Childreach International are taking their Taught, not Trafficked event to 12 cities across the UK. In November 2016 they appeared at the prestigious Trust Women Conference to discuss the importance of education in preventing child trafficking in Nepal, and how their campaign is tackling the root causes behind human trafficking.

Their research indicates that keeping children in school is the best way to prevent child trafficking. Evidence suggests that if a child stays in school until they are 16 years old, they are significantly less likely to be trafficked or exploited.

To date, money raised for the campaign has enabled Childreach to open 86 earthquake resistant classrooms in the Sindhupalchowk district of Nepal – allowing 2,082 children to return to school after their classrooms were destroyed.

As well as this, the campaign engages children in discussions on child rights, gender equality and trafficking through sports and games, works with survivors for community awareness and trains teachers on an anti-trafficking module for the classroom.

Childreach International’s Chief Executive Firoz Patel said: “Our goal in Nepal is to stop trafficking before it begins, by ensuring children are educated and in a safe space in school.  Our work may be just a drop in the ocean, but through SOLD we hope that our drop becomes a ripple and then a wave of change as others join us in the fight against trafficking.”The film screening begins at 7pm, with the presentation, panel discussion and Q&A commencing from 8.30pm.

To register for your free ticket for this event, please visit www.TaughtNotTrafficked.com.

Find out more about Childreach International.