This Human Trafficking Awareness Session is open to all members of the public and professionals from both charities, the emergency services and local government staff. It is free but booking is required. Car Parking- please park at the Park and Ride, Kings House is the first bus drop off point next to the Granada building.
Both sessions (choose from 10-11.30am or 6-7.30pm) will start with drinks and homemade cake from the Ground Floor Coffee House in Kings House, 245 Ampthill Road, Bedford. If you met someone who was the victim of human trafficking would you know how to identify that they are a victim and what to do? This session aims to provide you with some of the basic facts and who to contact when you suspect a problem.
Andrew Selous MP will introduce the topic of Human Trafficking at the 6pm session. Andrew is an Officer on the APPG against Human Trafficking and has a desire to see members of the public become the eyes and ears for the Police to identify Trafficked Victims and see the victims find freedom.
We will give a general overview of the local and national picture of Human Trafficking.
Police Officer DI Zara Brown will provide the Bedfordshire Police perspective.
The key indicators of Human Trafficking will be presented.
We will explain the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) and the available Government funding.
We will inform you who to contact if you meet a victim of Human Trafficking.
Book at http://traffickingtimetospeakout.eventbrite.co.uk
Cllr Kristy Adams
Kristy Adams was elected as a Councillor for Newnham Ward, Bedford Borough Council in May 2011. Kristy heard a talk given by Ben Cooley from Hope for Justice in St Mary's Undercroft Chapel, Parliament in 2012. Ben told the story of his 6 year old daughter who when asked 'What does your Daddy do?' answered 'He rescues Princesses who are trapped.' Ben then explained that Human Trafficking is the slavery of our time and invited listeners to not be complicit with Human Trafficking and to use their place of influence to fight it. Kristy returned to Bedford wondering how she could contribute. Her response was to set up informative and networking sessions. She facilitates a group of charities and frontline workers group to share information about victims. Kristy has partnered with Bedfordshire Police, charities and politicians to provide information to give the Police sources of intelligence so they can bring Traffickers to justice. Kristy communicates reguarly with Andrew Selous MP to give a local view to Parliament on this issue.
Cllr Kristy Adams says 'Together as a community we can make a difference. It is time to speak out and give the voiceless a voice, and provide information to the Police so they can bring those that cause such suffering to justice.'