Agencies join forces to take stand against human trafficking in Cork 

Agencies join forces to take stand against human trafficking in Cork 
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A NUMBER of non-profit and statutory agencies are joining forces to take a stand against human trafficking in Cork.

Cork Against Human Trafficking (Caht) will take the form of a roundtable discussion hosted by the Sexual Violence Centre Cork (SVCC).

It will comprise a host of agencies and organisations in the Cork region, including Cork Migrant Centre, Nasc, and An Garda Síochána, among others.

The campaign to combat human trafficking was made possible through a grant from the Anti Human Trafficking Unit in the Department of Justice.

One of the main aims of the initiative is to shine a light on the issue which Sexual Violence Centre Cork director Mary Crilly described as being “amongst us, but often hidden in plain sight”.

“No country — or county — is immune from this global problem,” she said.

The organisation’s first event to mark the campaign — which coincides with World Day against Trafficking in Persons — will be a social media takeover, taking place today at the Sexual Violence Centre on Camden Place between 12pm-3pm. 

Ms Crilly is urging people to join her on Twitter to raise awareness, ask questions, and be part of a movement to demonstrate that Cork Says No to Human Trafficking.

The public is also invited to come along and show their support by participating in a photoshoot at 2pm.

Cork Against Human Trafficking has gone from strength to strength since its formation earlier this year.

It came about in response to growing concerns about the 40m victims of human trafficking across the globe who have been likened to modern-day slaves.

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