STOP THE TRAFFIK
STOP THE TRAFFIK (f. 2006 by Steve Chalke MBE) is a purportedly still active UN.GIFT linked, British-based front organization for 1000+ NGOs pledged to undertake anti - "human trafficking" activities. Originally set up as a two year campaign to coincide with the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade, it culminated in the delivery of a "million and a half petition" at the United Nations. Unsurprisingly, Chalke was soon after, given a position at the UN.
The organization is now rarely referenced in media materials, suggesting that it carries out very little at the operational level.
Commentary (upon launch)
This relatively new campaign differs from others because of its level of organization and size. However, a quick viewing of their website reveals that there is nothing new behind all of the superficial appeal. Just like previous campaigns, STT relies on discredited statistics, the tide of international politics, middle-class guilt tripping, "calamitous" conceptions of non-western people and bigotry against the sexual agency of young people. It is then perhaps even more tragic that the campaign appears to be completely well-intentioned at the sub-organizational level.
STT flaunted endorsements from celebrities such as Bob Geldof and Boris Johnston.
STT won an Advocacy award in the New Statesman New Media Awards
- Slavery behind Easter Chocolate. BBC News.
- Slavery then & now: putting a face to the number. Christianity Magazine.