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Soroptimists join fight to end modern slavery

Soroptimist International of Crieff has joined the fight to end modern slavery.  Human Trafficking is modern day slavery - a hidden crime that affects millions of men, women and children around the world.  Trafficking is happening in Scotland, and the Soroptimist International club of Crieff brought an exhibition to The Scottish Parliament to raise awareness of the issue.  It was sponsored by Roseanna Cunningham MSP, in whose constituency Soroptimist International of Crieff is based.  Soroptimist International is a global movement of women working together to transform the lives of women and girls.




 Roseanna signing petition sm

Roseanna signing the petition against modern slavery



Slavery is illegal throughout the world and yet it is estimated that there are 27 million modern day slaves. In fact, according to research carried out by the organisation “Free the Slaves”, there are more people enslaved worldwide than ever before.  During the 400 years of the transatlantic slave trade an estimated 12 million Africans were shipped to various colonies in the United States, less than half the number of modern-day slaves worldwide. Human trafficking is the second-largest criminal industry in the world generating around $31.6 billion global annual profits, yet the monetary value placed on a human being sold into slavery averages around $90. The value of the person being trafficked has decreased drastically over time; in 1850 the monetary amount placed on a person sold into slavery was approximately $40,000.


There is a general perception that human trafficking only occurs in illegal industries; however, elements of human trafficking are seen in various industries including legitimate business settings. The means of force, fraud and coercion to induce a person to perform activities from commercial sex acts to labour or services can be present in various situations. Victims of human trafficking are to be found in a wide variety of industries including domestic settings, sweat-shop factories, construction, farming, landscaping, fisheries, hotel and tourist industries as well as the sex trade.


There is also a misconception that human trafficking and slavery victims are always poor and uneducated, coming from poorer countries. Indeed, trafficking has been identified in the sugar cane industries in Mexico, China, Dominican Republic, Brazil and the Caribbean. Enslaved child labourers are found working on cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast, Colombia and Guatemala. In India, Pakistan and Bangladesh slaves work in the carpet industry. In Uzbekistan over a million adults and children are forced to work on the cotton harvest. However, Human Trafficking happens throughout the world - out of the 192 member countries of the United Nations, 161 have been identified as affected by Human Trafficking. Although poverty is considered as one of the biggest risk factors victims come from a range of backgrounds and income levels. Some victims are university educated, some are professionals, and some come from middle and upper class suburban areas. It is important to remember that anyone can become a victim of human trafficking and modern enslavement.


Soroptimist International of Crieff has declared its intention to fight the scourge of human trafficking. "All of us are members of family groups so we must never forget that modern day slaves, just as in the days of old, are daughters, sisters, grand-daughters and nieces of someone.  As long as young women and girls are trapped in the sex industry or in forced labour, Soroptimists will never rest, never be silent, until modern day slavery is confined to history once more.”


 RC with Elaine Davidson of SCC smRoseanna with Elaine Davidson of Soroptimist International, Crieff







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