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Soroptimists join Airport Border Force and Police to fight Human Trafficking!

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On Friday 21st October Soroptimists from the South Lancashire Region joined Manchester Airport Border Force and Greater Manchester Police to assist at an awareness-raising stand in the Airport Departure Lounge of Manchester Airport.

South Lancashire Soroptimists have been part of the Manchester Modern Day Slavery Forum for the past 16 months. Which involves approximately 50 statutory and voluntary organisations, all working to raise awareness of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in Greater Manchester.

Through this forum South Lancashire Soroptimists were invited to assist in this event at Manchester Airport.

Following all security checks Soroptimists got to work distributing travel safe/modern day slavery leaflets and speaking to the public, shop assistants and flight crews.

Border Force personnel gave examples of recent incidents where interventions were required such as young women arriving with no money, vague purpose of visit to the UK and unclear indications of returning home.

A real positive of the event was the chance to promote Soroptimist International. Air Canada flight attendants (photo) were keen to obtain details of Soroptimist Clubs in Toronto and were given contact details.

It was a fulfilling experience raising awareness of this increasingly serious issue affecting many Women and Girls.

Margaret Molyneux
Soroptimist International Leigh & District