Human trafficking roadshow in East Ham

Help agencies fear that criminal networks could use the Olympics as an opportunity to set up human trafficking.

It will be held on Monday evening, from 5pm to 7.30pm, at The Community Centre at 49 Vicarage Lane, East Ham and will be attended by the Police, representatives from Newham Council and the charity Stop The Traffik.

It is open to residents and professionals interested in finding out about how human trafficking affects the borough and what they can do to prevent it ahead of the London 2012 Olympics Games.

They will find out how to identify and report trafficking, as well as ways of taking joined-up community action to raise public awareness and prevent exploitation.

As one of the host boroughs for London 2012, there is a risk that criminal networks could take advantage of the opportunity that the Games provide and trick or force men, women, and children into exploitation in Newham. Stop The Traffik and others are working hard to prevent this from happening, and are teaming up with local authorities and police forces around the country ahead of the Olympic Games.

A series of Community Roadshows are informing key areas about what human trafficking it, how it affects their areas, and what they can do about it. Newham is the fourth of seven events in 2011, with previous ones being addressed by the Minister for Policing Nick Herbert MP and Lead on Migration for the Association of Chief Police Officers, Assistant Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson is supporting the initiative. He said: “Next year London is going to play host to the Olympic Games. And there’s one thing I don’t want to see when the world comes to London and that is any increase in human trafficking. That is why I’m so strongly supporting Stop The Traffik, to help the victims of human trafficking and to allow people more easily to identify and crack down on the perpetrators. So please get involved in Stop The Traffik, I think it’s a fantastic initiative.”

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There are still some free places available. To register and for more information, email or call STOP THE TRAFFIK on (020) 7921 4258.