Wake up!! Human trafficking in the U.K.

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The modern day form of slavery is growing by the day

In this article I want to take you further into the streets of London. You see we live in a world full of venomous prevaricators who manage to deceive and manipulate the ordinary person and this doesn’t just relate to us ‘Londoners’ but, to you your neighbor and everyone around you.
We live in a world which is no longer safe, some choose to acknowledge the dangers and the issues going on around us and others choose to keep their mind padlocked and sealed all around. Almost out of fear, fear that this ‘perfect’ world that they live in will crumble down.

But, I must let you know now, that the crumbling has already begun.

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“We as a collective do not realize how close the enemy is.”

Having lived in Britain all my life I’ve been aware of some of the crimes and incidents that occur on a day to day basis and this is solely because it appears on the TV and we hear it on the radio. But, after extensive research and reading I realized that one of the major issues which Britain faces is rarely spoken about and I fail to understand why.
Human trafficking is a serious problem here in the UK but, many London residents have this absurd belief that human trafficking and sex slavery only takes place in the brothels by foreign gangs to foreign women.

Anti-Slavery Day March To Parliament
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 18: Anti-slavery activists rally outside Parliament on October 18, 2013 in London, England. Anti-slavery day falls on October 18th every year and provides an opportunity to draw attention to the scale and scope of human trafficking. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

We (as a collective) do not realize how close the enemy is.
Perhaps you think I’m exaggerating? – if you’re not familiar with the Frida Farrell case then you should take the time to read her story, Farrell was approached by a ‘photographer’. A handsome man who had dressed smart, spoke with elegance and fluency and he even took the time to make sure he had a website/business cards to cover up his story of being a successful photographer. It all made sense considering she had just recently graduated from an arts school and as we know in London it’s not uncommon to be scouted on the street. It seemed like the perfect big break for young Farrell who was twenty at the time. Everything was going well and seemed like it could be “legit” she explained. Until, she arrived at the studio and the doors were immediately locked three times and a knife was now being pointed in her direction

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“I have never been spoken to about human trafficking and how often it occurs.”

You see it’s not done by highly organized and ‘trained’ individuals like they show in the movies but, in fact ordinary people with ordinary lives can also be involved in such sinister acts.

For those that didn’t know, trafficking occurs in the U.K every other week, to be more specific our most recent case was just last week on the 26th of May in Belfast, PSNI detectives rescued four female victims of human trafficking and arrested two men..The arrests are part of an extensive investigation into an organized criminal gang with eastern European links.

Unsurprisingly, I hadn’t seen or heard much about the incident until later today when I myself researched the ‘latest sex trafficking in the U.K’, hundreds if not thousands of cases appeared on my laptop screen. From the research I had done I gathered that 2016 was one of the years where human trafficking in the U.K had rapidly increased, after reading copious amounts of articles I came across an article which spoke specifically on last years cases and stated that at least 124 child slaves were rescued in London by police and council staff amid a surge in human trafficking cases.

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Once I came to the end of the article I was overwhelmed with disappointment and solicitude, the thought that all this was going on and I was unaware – Since my years in this country (13 years) I have never been spoken to about human trafficking and how often it occurs. Our assemblies were filled with the usual ‘make sure to do your homework and listen to the teachers.

Educating and empowering children who don’t care about current affairs and life in general is tough but, it is something that has to be done.

Why is it that my school, my teachers and youth clubs never spoke/speak on the issues that are occurring around us and these are supposed to be the organizations which supposedly have ‘indubitable’ care for the youth. If this is the case and you care so deeply about us, what we achieve life and how we live, why are we never educated on the real world and the problems going on? There’s no doubt that the majority of the children in schools do not watch the news and an even larger amount do not even watch TV, this is solely because technology has taken over the minds of the younger generation but, that is besides the problem.

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The question is if we are aware that this is how the children are then why do we not bring the news to the kids rather than setting tasks such as “go home and watch the BBC news tonight” when you know they most probably won’t do it.

The answer to that question is dilatoriness.

Educating and empowering children who don’t care about current affairs and life in general is tough but, it is something that has to be done. Do not be ignorant and assume that this article is to attack teachers or that I am trying to be injurious. But, in fact it is to make us (as a collective) aware that this generation needs to not only be educated on how to speak at an interview but educated on current affairs, educated on what’s going on in the real world, educated on how to spot danger and lastly educated on how to stay safe.

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Of course you can argue to say that educating them won’t stop the bad things from happening and you are correct but, we’re ensuring that our children are at least aware of what is happening, aware of what they should do in certain situations with the information we pass on to them they will be able to teach their own children and so on.

“We live in a world which is no longer safe, some choose to acknowledge the dangers and the issues going on around us and others choose to keep their mind padlocked.”

I advise everyone (from schools to parents) to watch Three girls the powerful three piece drama is based on a true story – showcasing the experiences of the vulnerable young girls who were groomed, sexually abused and trafficked by grown men in Rochdale. The brave new focus on child abuse is not only heartbreaking to watch but insightful and eye opening. It also focuses on the authorities failures to do anything on the incidents, constantly letting the victims down. They were left not believed, ignored and told to shut up for many years. You are able to clearly see the polices belated attempts to hunt down the perpetrators of the teens.

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I must emphasize once again, we live in a world which is no longer safe, some choose to acknowledge the dangers and the issues going on around us and others choose to keep their mind padlocked. Almost out of fear, fear that this ‘perfect’ world that they live in will crumble down.
But I must let you know now that the crumbling has already begun.o

By Abbianca MAKONI
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