To mark Anti-Slavery Day on 18th October local activists speak to taxi drivers in the city.
The Stop the Traffik Act group aim to highlight to taxi drivers as part of their Taxi Campaign how to spot and report human trafficking.
Offering drivers waiting for customers some refreshments they plan asking them to fill out a questionnaire trying to find out how they can best work together to prevent human trafficking. They will ask if they would be happy to put a Taxis Against Trafficking sticker in their cab.
Inspired by the Liverpool Taxi Campaign the Preston group decided to go armed with brews and cake to raise awareness amongst our local Taxi drivers. The response from all the drivers was positive – they loved the teas, coffee and cake and were willing to chat about trafficking.
Preston Stop the Traffik Act coordinator Debbie-Jo Marsh mentions that “One taxi driver who said he had been driving his cab the longest said he was aware of taking a number of Eastern European girls to the same address and over time felt that something ‘wasn’t right’. We talked and left him with a simple leaflet giving him the phone number for the Human Traffiking line. He now knows what to do if he feels concerned.”
Taxi drivers could be one of the few people that come into contact with victims of trafficking. In fact, a number of cases have emerged where taxis have been used to transport victims of trafficking to and from situations where they have been abused.
Debbie-Jo found that taxi drivers were not keen on having stickers or notices in their cabs so they designed the Taxi Campaign Tax Disc holder (as shown in the photo above).
They printed the same design of the stickers on the tax disc holder with business cards in a pocket inside the cab. It became a talking point with passengers.
The tax disc holder can be used on normal cars as well as other vehicles. It all helps gets the message out there.
The Anti-Slavery Day Bill became law in 2010. It was introduced in Parliament as a Private Members Bill by Anthony Steen MP, for Totnes, South Devon, and passed through both Houses, unopposed. The Bill defined Modern Day Slavery as child trafficking, forced labout, domestic servitude and trafficking for sexual exploitation.
For more information about the Stop the Traffik Campaign have a look at their website here.
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