Human Trafficking is the movement of people by means such as force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them. It is modern day slavery. Thank you for reading unseen(uk)'s October newsletter!
 
Successful start for WATER Project - and help needed!
Thanks to your invaluable support, since opening our WATER Project in May last year we've helped nearly 40 women survivors of human trafficking, which we're delighted to have achieved! Women like Darnah*, who recently told us: "Since being here I have improved in my confidence, mood and strength, and I felt saved. Thanks to all the staff".

By providing secure accommodation and access to essential services, such as medical care, legal advice and counselling, women have been able to begin their long road to recovery, to come to terms with their experiences and start to re-establish their lives. But there is so much more we can do, and we are now looking at ways in which we can continue supporting women once they leave the safety of the WATER Project.

We really appreciate your support, but if you'd like to help us further, we urgently need:
    • Trainers – women’s please, all sizes!
    • New pyjamas, slippers and dressing gowns.
    • Computer, desk and chairs to help women apply for jobs and learn to type and navigate a computer.
    • Books – reading, learning materials and dictionaries in different European languages.
    • Vouchers for shops so that women can choose clothes for themselves when they arrive with us.

Email us at admin@unseenuk.org for more information and how to get these to us. And for posts about other requests and up-to-date information on trafficking, why not join our Facebook page
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* Darnah's name has been changed to protect her identity
 
Last minute tickets for our event – 19th October! 
We’re putting the finishing touches to our first our big awareness and fundraising event at the Roman Baths and Pump Room in Bath on Friday 19th October. We have a few last minute tickets still available, so if you’d like to join us please email us asap at events@unseenuk.org to secure your place. We'll show you what we've achieved so far and what our plans are for the future (there are lots of exciting things!). Special guest speakers are actress and former UN Goodwill Ambassador on Human Trafficking Julia Ormond and Manpower Group's President of Corporate and Global Affairs David Arkless.

Check out our fantastic array of previously 'unseen' auction prizes - including a signed 007 poster by Daniel Craig! - on our website. And you can bid even if you're not there on the night!  Simply email events@unseenuk.org and we'll make the necessary arrangements.
 
Anti-Slavery Day & Transparency in UK Supply Chain Bill
Various events will be taking place around the country to mark Anti-Slavery Day on Thursday 18th October. To coincide with this, there will be a second reading of the Transparency in UK Supply Chain (Eradication of Slavery) Bill on 18th October in the House of Commons. The Private Members' Bill, being put forward by Labour MP Michael Connarty, sets out a framework whereby businesses operating with a turnover of £100m or more must seek to investigate their supply chains to ensure they are 'slave free'.

We will send out a separate email next week to let you know how you can write to your local MP and Vince Cable before 18th October to impress on them how important it is for people to support this Bill and move it to the next Committee stage.
 

Challenging technology to find solutions 

unseen’s chief executive Andrew Wallis spoke at two innovative conferences this summer - Google Ideas and Future in Review - aimed at “tackling some of the toughest human challenges”. Bringing together innovative thinkers and doers from the UK, US and further afield, attendees looked at how engaging hi-tech industries could play a part in the fight against modern slavery.

Andrew says: "Now, more than at any other time in history, we have the technological tools to make a difference on a global as well as national stage. unseen wants to push the boundaries of collaboration and creativity to come up with solutions that will make a positive impact in combatting trafficking."

We’ll bring you more news on this as ideas develop.
 

Trafficking consultancy & research

Our increasing expertise in trafficking means that unseen continues to support Police operations that involve potential trafficking victims and also provide them with on-going consultancy and training so that frontline staff know how to spot the signs of trafficking and how best to take action.

In order to expand our knowledge of the sex industry, we have also recently undertaken research into establishments that sell sex. We were able to speak to women anonymously and ask about why they’ve chosen this industry to work in, if they know what trafficking is and if they’ve ever encountered it. We are also working with University College London and Avon and Somerset Police to map establishments in Bristol with the aim of publishing all our research results in the near future.

In brief: projects in development

Not one to rest on our laurels for long, unseen is involved with many other projects and agencies, all around the issue of trafficking and modern-day slavery. Here is a short round-up:
  • Currently investigating and researching options as to how best to respond to child trafficking victims, and have submitted evidence to the Children’s Society Report.
  • Involved in the All Party Parliamentary Group on Runaway and Missing Children and Adults.
  • Alongside other NGOs we’re part of the Children’s Alliance, working towards strengthening the human rights of children in England.
  • Due to submit information to the Joint Human Rights Committee’s report into the human rights of unaccompanied migrant children and young people in the UK. 
 

Fundraising antics

Eating and drinking for charity: At a competition to find Hong Kong’s Pizza Eating Champ on 13th September, the city’s residents were asked to compete to eat the most amount of pizza in 10 minutes! Event organiser Republiko then made a donation to unseen for each drink purchased on the night. Our thanks go to Republiko for their very kind donation of £100 (although we don’t know how much pizza was consumed by the winner…).

Singing for survivors: Cairns Road Baptist Church in Bristol raise a fantastic £1,117 for unseen at their September Soul evening, where different bands – mainly talented  members of the congregation – played to a large, lively crowd. Thank you to everyone for giving so generously and making us feel so welcome.

The power of film: Becky Rust is organising film screenings in various locations around Truro in Cornwall of Nefarious, a film recently launched about human trafficking and hopes to raise funds as well as awareness for unseen.

Sponsorship superstars: Many people run mad-cap races or physically put themselves through their paces for unseen and we’re really grateful to all those who have set up JustGiving or Virgin charity pages in aid of unseen. Two people we'd like to give special mention to are Elizabeth Brazier and Ella Playfair who cycled 3,000 from London to Istanbul this summer and so far have raised nearly £2,880 between them! Congratulations on a gruelling but rewarding experience
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Nominated for courage
unseen’s Project Director has been put forward for a prestigious award at next month’s McWhirter Foundation Citizens’ Awards. The ceremony celebrates courage and good citizenship by rewarding "individuals whose moral as well as physical courage would otherwise go unnoticed". The prize ceremony takes place on 15th November, so check our Facebook page for the result!
 
  

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