Victims’ Voices Lead the way
As the world marks World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, it presents a unique opportunity for Governments, Civil societies and the international community, to reflect on approaches to finding solutions in curbing human trafficking and its crippling effects in recent times.
Recent data has revealed the ever changing tactics of perpetrators in trafficking their victims especially children and most importantly neurodiverse children. Here in the UK, this has resulted in the rise in County-lines trafficking and the growing number of black and other ethnic children going missing from their homes.
We at BASNET believe trafficking in person to be a heinous crime and serious violation of human rights.
The theme for this year – ‘Victims’ Voices Lead the Way’ sheds light on the dire importance of listening to, involving and learning from survivors in our approach to ending human trafficking. Victims and Survivors’ lived experiences present a template for learning and understanding the failed gaps in practice and policy; intersectional ties of culture, religion, gender and sexuality within communities and the lack of ‘know how’ in understanding victims of human trafficking.
Recent data from the Rights Lab (2021) reveals that the top 20 sources of modern slavery into the UK are from foreign countries and 6 out of these countries are African Countries (Somalia, Ghana, Ethiopia, Sudan, Eritrea, and Nigeria) representing both west and the horn of Africa – geographically. Antislavery governance framework in place in these countries demonstrate various shortcomings in effectively preventing exploitation and trafficking, combatting offenders and protecting and supporting survivors.
With the launch of BASNET’s Racial Equality Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan for the UK Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking sector, we aim to promote a more racially diverse sector which is more inclusive in approach of survivors and affected communities and equal in both policy and practice in safeguarding victims’ lives.
Listening, learning and involving survivors and their lived experiences will provide a more human-centered approach in ending this menace. We call on Government, Statutory Agencies, Charities and the international community to make conscious efforts in listening more and involving survivors in the approach to ending human trafficking.
The UK BME Anti-Slavery Network (BASNET) established by AFRUCA is the first network in the UK and in Europe dedicated to promoting equality, inclusion and diversity in the anti-trafficking and anti-slavery space. Our Network members are registered charities or community interest companies working in diaspora communities affected by modern slavery.
Each year, hundreds of victims of modern slavery or human trafficking are brought into the UK from over 20 countries but the voices of those communities are often unheard in much of anti-trafficking work across the country. BASNET is therefore set to amplify the work of grass root organisations within the modern slavery and human trafficking sector.
Find out more at www.bmeantislavery.org
For further information and media enquiries, please contact Naeema Ahmed, Network Manager BASNET on email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0207 704 2261.