Your News: Coffee morning raises more than £100 to help charity which works to end slavery

Organisers of the Hope for Justice coffee morning at Bourne Baptist Church, from left, Jacqueline Abel, Rita Wilson and Chris Abel
Organisers of the Hope for Justice coffee morning at Bourne Baptist Church, from left, Jacqueline Abel, Rita Wilson and Chris Abel

A coffee morning was held at the Bourne Baptist Church on Saturday, March 22, raising £129 for the charity Hope for Justice, who work to see an end to slavery in this country.

Event organiser, Rita Wilson and her team also sold delicious cakes in the hope to raise money and awareness.

She said: “When I joined the Bourne Act for Justice group run by Christopher and Jacqueline Abel, I was heartbroken hearing the stories of men and women who were tricked into being a slave.

“Children too, as young as three months old have been enslaved but have been rescued by the charity. The healing will be ongoing and probably take a life time for most victims”.

Human trafficking is serious organised crime and is happening all around us and on our streets. The life of someone, who has been tricked into entering this country with the false hope of legitimate work, is one of despair. Everyone would like to better themselves in some way and these men, women and children come, with the hope that Great Britain is a land of opportunity. Only the reality can be very different. Most have their passports removed and their family’s back home can be threatened with harm if they do not comply. Those trafficked are beaten regularly in order for them not to seek help from the police. In fact, many are told that their captors “own” the police. This is believed, as many come from countries where their own police are corrupt.

The Anti-human trafficking charity, Hope for Justice believes freedom is worth the fight. Justice is non-negotiable and they refuse to abandon the least, the last and the lost. Hope for Justice chooses to challenge apathy with action and to greet cynicism with Hope.

Hope for Justice identifies victims, bringing them to safety. Their trained investigators have freed children as young as three months old and now assist, on average, seven victims every month.

Hope for Justice’s multi-disciplinary team incorporates experienced investigators, lawyers and social workers to address all forms of modern slavery including trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation, forced labour and domestic servitude. They’ve assisted over 200 victims in the last 3 years’.

2,255 potential victims of human trafficking were encountered in 2012. This represents an increase of 9 per cent compared to those reported in 2011.

1,607 (71 per cent) potential victims were adults, 549 (24 per cent) were children (the age of 99 potential victims was unknown).

The five most prevalent countries of origin for potential victims of trafficking were Romania, Poland, Nigeria, Vietnam and Hungary. For those reporting exploitation as a minor (under 18s) it was Vietnam, Nigeria, Slovakia, Romania and the UK.

Sexual exploitation (35 per cent) and labour exploitation (23 per cent) were the two most prevalent exploitation types reported. 

If readers are interested in supporting Hope for Justice or would like to help raise money, then e-mail afjbourne@googlemail.com Their next planned fundraiser is the Zoe Challenge sponsored walks happening at Rutland Water and Sleaford on May 3 and 17.