The Soroptimist Club of Anguilla, in an effort to develop an awareness of human trafficking, embarked on four days of special activities on Wednesday, July 28th. The launch was made at the Human Affairs Office in The Valley.
To highlight the opening of these activities, there was a special address given by the Honourable Minister of Home Affairs, with responsibility for Human Rights, Mr. Kenneth Hodge.
Gathered in Mr. Hodge’s Office were officers of the Soroptomist Club, including its President, Mrs. Blondell Rodgiers, its Human Affairs Advocate, Mrs. Lana Hoyoung, and Communications Officer, Mrs. Ursil Webster. They were accompanied by Rev. Wilmoth Hodge of the Methodist Church who offered a prayer for the four days of activities.
In addressing the Minister, Mrs. Hoyoung said: “Honourable Mr. Kenneth Hodge, we thank you for accepting us here today. Under the mandate of Soroptimist International, the Caribbean region is required to observe a day or a week in recognition of human trafficking. We, in Anguilla, as small as we are, recognize the importance of undertaking a series of activities to highlight the social ills of human trafficking. We are indeed grateful to you, Mr. Minister, for taking time out to share with us your views on the matter of human rights with regard to this scourge, even as we in Anguilla do experience some level of human trafficking.”