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Monday, 28 February 2011

HUMAN TRAFFICKING one small way of protesting

I don't intend to use this blog as a platform for rants (although the temptation to just shriek what? you can not be serious! is often simmering beneath the surface...) but this is a petition I think we can all get behind because the EU has developed new regulations and the UK has yet to sign up to them. And it's especially relevant now because the Olympic Games are apparently going to be a wonderful money-making, misery-making opportunity for modern slave traders.

It doesn't bear thinking about, does it? But that's what we have to do.

The petition text:
Dear David Cameron and Nick Clegg, 
Please guarantee the UK government opts in to the EU Directive on Human Trafficking to ensure that trafficking into and within the EU stops and that those involved are properly prosecuted. Please make sure that the UK opts in to new rules to help stop trafficking.

This petition has been organised by 38 Degrees and you can sign it by clicking on the title of this post. They are working with other organisations such as The Anti-Slavery International, the Independent on Sunday and ECPAT UK to convince the Coalition not to opt out of the new rules.

25043 people had signed when I put my name down...they are hoping for 40000.

A bit about the organsiation behind it
I have only just heard about 38 Degrees (thanks to an email from a friend) but it was launched in May 2009, inspired by the impact of groups like MoveOn.org in the United States, GetUp.org.au in Australia and Avaaz.org around the world. These groups have used the internet to allow nearly 9 million people to voice their concerns and 38 Degrees is bringing the same campaigning approach to the UK, making it quick and easy for people to take action.
Here are a few of the campaigns 38 Degrees have been working on:
I don't know if signing petitions or going on demonstrations achieves anything but I am convinced that it's better than doing nothing.

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