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Event To Mark Anti Slavery Day

October 18 marks Anti Slavery Day and residents are invited to visit a stand in the Dolphin Centre, aimed at raising awarenesss of the issue.

Anti Slavery Day was set up to raise awareness of modern day slavery and to inspire people to eliminate it. Human trafficking is arguably the largest hidden crime in the world today, resulting in entrapment and misery for the victims of child trafficking, forced labour, domestic servitude and trafficking for sexual exploitation. It is happening all over the world, all over the UK and in our own community here in Dorset.

Poole Soroptimists and the Purple Teardrop Campaign, a local charity set up to increase awareness and support for rescued victims, are marking Anti Slavery Day with a stand in the Dolphin Centre from 10 am to 4 pm on Friday 18 October, to give people the opportunity to find out more about this appalling crime and what can be done to prevent it in our area.
 
Councillor Judy Butt and Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill will be visiting the stand at 1pm.

Cllr Judy Butt, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Public Engagement and Participation, Borough of Poole, stresses the concern for modern day slavery and the council's response to it. She said: "Borough of Poole has pledged its support for the Purple Teardrop Campaign. We have agreed to incorporate human trafficking into our wider strategy to tackle violence against women and girls and we will actively look for opportunities to raise awareness of the issue wherever possible.

"It is incredibly difficult to reach the victims of human trafficking, many of whom are kept away from the rest of society and have only a basic understanding of English. This is why the work of the Purple Teardrop Campaign is so important. The campaign has made huge inroads into the public’s awareness of this problem, and continues to fight on behalf of those women trapped in modern day slavery."

Dorset PCC Martyn Underhill said: "Human trafficking is a modern day form of slavery. It is also a crime. It happens in all cities, most towns and many rural areas, here in Dorset and across the country. It debases individuals, tears communities apart and fuels violence and organised crime. Trafficked persons can be men and women, adults or children. Child sex exploitation is just one element of human trafficking. Prostitution and the slavery of adults exists in Dorset too. I have raised this with both the Home Secretary and the Policing Minister.

"Historically, trafficking is difficult to detect as it operates covertly. However, we need to work harder at identifying victims, by building better links with the government and local authorities. We all have a responsibility of care. We need to recognise the indicators of trafficking and know how to report it. We need to know that the clothes we wear, the food we eat and the products we buy are made honestly, and not by those forced into labour."