Fightslavery's Blog


May has been a busy month and the preceding ones were also busy so apologies for my lack of blog updates.

The project I was working on was the Bath Japanese Festival, which encompassed both creative elements (Book Art, Haiku and Film) as well as awareness raising events about Human Trafficking.

I want to focus on the Human Trafficking Speakers event

Art Has a Heart: Human Trafficking in Europe and Asia at the BRLSI (Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution)

We had 4 organisations represented:

David Patterson – a Bristol based solicitor who worked in Kolkata, India countering sex trafficking in 2008-9. He is speaking of behalf of International Justice Mission, a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to ensure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to promote functioning public justice systems.

Jennifer Conlan – Stop The Traffik: Act v Regional Co-ordinator, and will be speaking with Anti Trafficking charity “Unseen” representative Cassie Grist.

STOP THE TRAFFIK is a growing global movement of individuals, communities and organisations fighting to PREVENT the sale of people, PROTECT the trafficked and PROSECUTE the traffickers. 

unseen(uk) is a charity established to disrupt and challenge human trafficking at all levels. unseen’s specific focus is to combat the trafficking of women for sexual exploitation.


Kit Loring – a UK State Registered Arts Therapists with a specialism in Dramatherapy. He is also a qualified and registered Clinical Supervisor. As senior partner/practitioner and Director of Therapy Services for The Ragamuffin Project.He has also conducted extensive training and supervision programmes in Cambodia, Russia and Finland and provided training workshops at conferences in Germany, Greece, Hong Kong and Singapore.

In addition The Stairway Foundation Film: – Red Leaves Falling animated film will be shown. Stairway Foundation Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit, non-government child care organization located in Puerto Galera, in the island of Oriental Mindoro. It was established in 1990 by Lars C. Jorgensen and Monica D. Ray as an alternative program for the most marginalized and endangered streetchildren in the Philippines.

We are also supported by Love146 who work toward the abolition of child sex slavery and exploitation through Prevention and Aftercare solutions, and contributing to a growing abolition movement.

These are all wonderful charities and THANKS to people for coming and speaking so eloquently, knowledgeably and movingly about the problem and what we can do.


{August 31, 2009}   Voice for the Voiceless concert

This classical concert will take Place on October 30th. The money raised will go to the charity A Voice for the Voiceless set up by photographer Susi Childers. Focusing on Africa they are involved with making a documentary, fundraising and awareness raising through creativity, action and prayer. Nearest Station Tamagawa Seigajuin. Tickets 2500 yen or 1500 for students and children. 

From their website

Every year according to UNICEF, more than 1 million children enter the oldest trade in the world, prostitution. From the age of three, people rape and abuse them to break their wills. They are forced to prostitute their innocence to pay off debt to their owners and other commodities like rent, food and clothing. They are refugees. War and genocide displace millions of people. Take the Saharawi for example. 27 Years ago they were ejected from their homeland for the minerals and fisheries. For 27 years they have lived outcast and alone. For 27 years they have cried for justice, yet the vast expanse of the hostile Sahara mutes their cry.

et cetera