STOP THE TRAFFIK
STOP THE TRAFFIK (f. 2006 by Steve Chalke MBE) is a British-based umbrella NGO incorporating over 1000 organisations that have pledged to undertake anti - "human trafficking" activities by supporting the campaign. 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 soonafter, given a position at the UN.
This relatively new campaign differs from others because of its level of organisation 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-organisational level.
STT flaunts endorsements from celebrities such as Bob Geldof and Mayor Boris Johnston.
- Slavery behind Easter Chocolate. BBC News.
- Slavery then & now: putting a face to the number. Christianity Magazine.