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TWO Little girls campaign

E-newsletter October 2013

Campaign Highlights and News on Trafficking

Two Little Girls is a three minute animated film spearheading an anti sex-trafficking campaign in 13 East European countries that began in January 2009 and will continue into 2014. The aim of the campaign is to warn young women of the dangers of being persuaded to travel abroad with false promises of employment, only to find themselves sold into prostitution, consequently enduring years of untold cruelty. This campaign acts both as a powerful and accessible tool for the prevention of trafficking, as well as for increasing public awareness about this very complex and difficult subject. Visit Two Little Girls at www.twolittlegirls.org

Launch of Croatian TLG Campaign

The Croatian TLG campaign was successfully launched on 17th September with a high profile media event co-hosted by TLG lead partner organisation, CESI, and the British Embassy in Zagreb. The launch was held at High School Ivan Supek to an audience of 60 high school students representing the 2,000 children who attend the school, government officials and the press. TLG Producer Ruth Beni attended the event and spoke about the issue of human trafficking alongside the British Ambassador, David Slinn, Dean Savić and Marija Goatti Matijević from the Croatian Ministry of the Interior, and Sanja Cesar from CESI. The event received extensive media coverage from 3 TV stations, one newspaper and 7 Internet news sites. 
On the 18th October, to mark the European Day against Human Trafficking, a special event was held at the Bajakova border crossing between Croatia and Serbia attended by the Chiefs of Police from Croatia and Serbia, Vlado Dominic and Milorad Veljovic (pictured). They jointly presented the Two Little Girls campaign, now active in both Serbia and Croatia, to an audience of government officials, ministers and NGOs from the two countries.

To watch the film in Croatian and learn more about CESI, click here

Launch of second phase of TLG Campaign in Latvia

The second phase of the TLG campaign in Latvia was launched in Riga on 18th October to mark the European Day Against Human Trafficking. The TLG lead partner organisation, the Resource Centre for Women 'MARTA'collaborated with the British Embassy in Riga to produce the morning launch event, which took place outside an historic cinema in the old part of the city. The British Ambassador, Sarah Cowley, spoke passionately about the issue of human trafficking alongside representatives of the Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Social Affairs. The film was screened to the public in Latvian and English and leaflets were given out to raise awareness of the dangers of being trafficked for sexual exploitation.

For the second phase of the Latvian TLG campaign, 'MARTA' will train professionals working with young people to use the film in their work, to initiate discussion of the issue of human trafficking. The film will also be used to raise awareness of human trafficking among politicians, the police and the general public. 

To learn more about the first phase of the TLG campaign in Latvia, please click here

HTF Media Award won by 'A Dangerous Journey'

On 15th October, the TLG sister animation ‘A Dangerous Journey’, written, directed and produced by Ruth Beni, won the Human Trafficking Foundation Media Award for Best Film Production dealing with Human Trafficking. The awards ceremony was held at the Speaker’s House with over 250 attendees. The six-minute film tells the stories of two girls trafficked to the UK from Nigeria and was produced in collaboration with the charity Hibiscus. To read more on the event click here 

Launch of 'Still at Risk' report

This month the Refugee Council and the Children’s Society launched the report ‘Still at Risk: A review of support for trafficked children’ at the House of Lords. The report looks at how child victims of trafficking often fail to be protected by the UK agencies charged with their care. To read the full report click here


Film of the Month

This month the TLG website features a Ted talk given by humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine. Lisa has travelled with the NGO Free the Slaves to meet and photograph victims of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. In her talk she speaks eloquently of her experiences, illustrated by her powerful photographs. To watch the talk click here

Unchosen Film Roadshow

On 8th October UK charity Unchosen launched a roadshow of short films based on the true stories of victims of trafficking with an awards ceremony at the Richmix cinema. The overall winner of the awards was ‘The Trip’  (pictured), a short film telling the story of a Vietnamese man trafficked for forced labour within a cannabis farm. Visit Unchosen’s website for more information on the films and roadshow