From Tuesday 1 April to Thursday 3 April a walk-in GIFT box will be placed in the forecourt of Kensington Town Hall to help raise awareness of human trafficking in the Capital.
The GIFT box is a unique project launched by STOP THE TRAFFIK and the United Nations Global Initiative at the London 2012 Olympics. It is an innovative way of highlighting the fact that many trafficked victims are often persuaded to leave their homes and families under the pretence of a better life. It is only when they arrive at their destination that the true horror of what awaits them becomes apparent.
Members of the public are invited to walk into the GIFT box and read first-hand accounts from victims as part of the European Communities Against Trafficking (ECAT) Project. Launched in 2013 by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, ECAT is a two-year European Commission funded programme to identify and support victims of trafficking in this borough and Westminster.
The GIFT box will be staffed by volunteers from STOP THE TRAFFIK and professionals working on the ECAT project who will be on hand to answer questions and concerns about trafficking and hand out leaflets about the project.
Residents will also have the opportunity to safely disclose any concerns about trafficking – almost 70 reports were made during the Olympics initiative. These would be fed directly into the victim support and enforcement arm of the project and acted on, where possible.