Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery
Soroptimist International recognises that human trafficking and modern day slavery violates and impairs human rights and fundamental freedoms and continues to pose a serious challenge to humanity.
Women and girls are particularly vulnerable to trafficking and as members of Soroptimist International we work to:
Educate women and girls about human trafficking to assist in prevention efforts
Empower victims/survivors to rebuild their lives, and, where possible, to become advocates working to end all forms of modern day slavery
Enable increased victim identification in both visible and hidden settings through widespread community awareness campaigns
Members of SI Chester have been active in a number of ways. We have had a speaker from Hope for Justice, an organisation that identifies and rescues victims, advocates on their behalf and trains frontline professionals to tackle slavery.
We have also been active in our community on Anti Slavery Day (18th October) and we support the Soroptimist Purple Teardrop Campaign. Through them we have lobbied our Local Authority to place ‘Help Me’ stickers in the public toilets in Chester, for the benefit of women who may be suffering from abuse and/or have been trafficked.
Recently one of our members has been invited to attend meetings of the Cheshire Anti-Slavery Network, which we hope will further inform our work.