International Conference on Human Trafficking
Over 300 people came together in Cardiff on 21st November 2012 in response to the growing need to raise public awareness and improve support for victims of Human Trafficking.
Delegates came from across Wales and the rest of the UK & Ireland, along with a number of international visitors.
The conference was supported by the Welsh Government and was opened by Carl Sargeant AM, Minister for Social Justice & Local Government and chaired by Jeff Farrar, Deputy Chief Constable Gwent Police and ACPO Cymru Lead on Protecting Vulnerable People & Human Trafficking.
The Minister announced that Steve Chapman has been appointed as the new Anti-Trafficking Coordinator for Wales. We look forward to working with Steve and to help to bring human trafficking out of the shadows.
A full report of the conference will be available in due course.
Translating Policy into Action to Support People who have been Trafficked - Klara Skrivankova, Anti Trafficking Monitoring Group
Sorina was a victim of Human Trafficking. Share her story and help Bawso to support others who have been trafficked into the UK.
The film was produced by Bawso in conjunction with Valley Community Theatre Liverpool and Jarrod Egerton Productions
Messages in support of the conference:
Minister for Local Government and Communities, Carl Sargeant;
“This conference is an opportunity for us to consider the scale of human trafficking all over the world, and particularly in Wales. The recent reports on human trafficking are a wake-up call. They tell us that a culture endures that allows the vilest of crimes to flourish. To end it we have to recognise it and confront it as partners. I have and will continue to fight for this issue to be given the status it deserves locally, nationally and internationally.”
Deputy Chief Constable Gwent Police, Jeff Farrar;
“Gwent Police is delighted to support BAWSO in hosting this conference. We know, from the cases we handle, that human trafficking and forced labour is a growing crime area in Wales. It is important that all agencies involved in this area come together to learn and to encourage disclosure, care for victims, investigation, and conviction of those responsible”.
Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu;
“May I pass on my best wishes to you as you meet to discuss the global problem of human trafficking. It is good to hear that so many organisations are working together on this important issue, I hope your discussions are fruitful.
At a time when fewer human traffickers are being jailed than at any other time in the last 5 years, we need robust and binding legislation to make anti-trafficking policy more effective. We need a united front against the traffickers, pimps and gangsters – and we must speak out for those that don't have a voice. There should be no loopholes for those abusing and terrorizing the vulnerable.
I am a firm believer that in the UK, we should be leading the way on tackling slavery, just like we did in the days of William Wilberforce. We also need tough cross-border co-operation to these international problems.
Human trafficking is nothing more than modern day slavery. Let us join with our brothers and sisters around the world and put an end to this evil trade, once and for all”.
Petya Nestorova Secretariat of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings;
“Given the continuing urgency of the problem of trafficking in human beings, the conference in Cardiff will provide a forum for raising public awareness on this global scourge, strengthening the co-ordination of national and international anti-trafficking efforts and improving the protection of victims' human rights. Many of the issues which the conference will address are the subject of a recently published report on the UK by the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA). The conference participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback on this report, in particular as regards Wales, and discuss ways to implement GRETA's recommendations”.
Grace Osakue – Coordinator, Girls' Power Initiative (GPI), Edo State, Nigeria
“I consider the conference to be important at this time because of the scandal of having a growing trade in human beings in our midst at a time when respect for human rights is considered to be a widely known and practiced global ideal. The theme and objectives of the conference make it auspicious in the fight against human trafficking as it will throw more light on various aspects of the issue thereby increasing the vanguard of those equipped to take meaningful action to prevent human trafficking, rescue trafficked persons as well as bring traffickers to book”.
Joyce Watson AM, Chair of the Cross Party Working Group on Trafficking in Women and Children, National Assembly for Wales.
“On behalf of the Cross Party Working Group on Trafficking in Women and Children, may I send our sincere thanks to Bawso and all the organisations who have worked incredibly hard to make this conference a success.
We are all judged by our actions towards others. Providing a safe haven for those who find themselves in need, through no fault of their own, is the least a civilised society can do. The trafficking of women and children both from abroad into Wales and internally across the country is a crime which surrounds us all; there is no region in Wales which is exempt from the shadowy tentacles of this inhumane activity.
We wish you well as you come together today to share and exchange knowledge, information and expertise, and look forward to continuing to work with you to bring the issue of human trafficking out of the shadows”.
Bawso Research Report:
Overcoming the Barriers and Healing the Scars of Human Trafficking (November 2012) presents the findings of a research study which aimed to explore and understand the views, experiences and the support needs of women who are affected by human trafficking.