Wimbledon Event Raises Awareness Of Human Trafficking

Three short films and Q & A

Merton Against Trafficking (MAT) and Unchosen are hosting a Wimbledon event to raise awareness about human trafficking through film. 

The event on Wednesday (June 17) will look at the problem of slavery and human trafficking locally and in the national perspective. The presentation of three short films about human trafficking will be followed by a panel discussion in which our panelists will share their experience.

The meeting will be chaired by Siobhain McDonagh MP, MP for Morden and Mitcham. The discussion panel will consist of speakers from the Metropolitan Police and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority.

In the UK, the problem of human trafficking is present both on the local as well as the nation level. In 2013, the National Crime Agency’s Human Trafficking Centre, estimated that 2,744, people in the UK, including 602 children, were potential victims of trafficking for exploitation. This was a 22% increase in comparison to the previous year 2012.

"[Human Trafficking] is a problem that cannot be addressed through legislation alone. It requires action at all levels of society." Theresa May MP, Home Secretary

"These cases reveal just how close to home modern slavery is taking place! To combat modern slavery more awareness and vigilance is needed to recognise and help protect those who have their freedom and lives taken from them by force." Marina Yannakoudakis, London Conservative MEP

"Knowing the full scale of the problem is an almost impossible task as those most vulnerable to exploitation often live at the margins of our society and the criminals hide in the shadows. However, this must not stop those who can help, from all nations, making the commitment to do everything they can to enable trafficking victims to escape the clutches of their captors and bring the criminals involved to justice." Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner


6:00pm            Arrivals, tea, coffee, and refreshments

6:30pm            Welcome - Antoinette Daniel, Project Director, Merton Against Trafficking

6:40pm            Film screening: - “Rose’s story”

                        - “Yoke Farm”

                        - “What is Modern Slavery?”   

7:05pm            Panel Introduction

Chair: SiobhainMcDonagh MP
Detective SergeantPhil Rashidi, Metropolitan Police
Marshall EvansTheGangmasters Licensing Authority
Hina Patel, Domestic Violence Services Manager, Housing for Women
SaminaYaqub, Senior Service Delivery Manager, Housing for Women

7.20pm             Q&A

8.00pm             Ends

It takes place at The William Morris Meeting Rooms, William Morris House, 267 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1SD.

June 10, 2015