Know what signs to look for: poster campaign launched to raise awareness of human trafficking

AWARENESS: Front left, Cllr Carol Evans and, front right, Pauline Monk of the Soroptomists at the launch of the poster campaign

AWARENESS: Front left, Cllr Carol Evans and, front right, Pauline Monk of the Soroptomists at the launch of the poster campaign

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A POSTER campaign to raise the public’s awareness of human trafficking in and around Poole has been launched.

With the support of Borough of Poole Council and Churchill Contract Services, the Soroptimists of Poole and the Purple Teardrop Campaign have placed posters in all of the town’s public toilets.

On the information sheets, it lists some of the signs to look out for in reference to human trafficking and gives a telephone number to ring for reporting any suspicions that people may have.

A spokesman for the Purple Teardrop Campaign (PTC) said: “It was some Soroptimists Clubs in the north of England who first came up with the idea of displaying information in public toilets to both raise awareness of the crime and provide the Crimestoppers number for people to report any suspicious activity.

“We were therefore delighted when we got strong support from Poole council for doing this locally.”

Cllr Xena Dion, cabinet portfolio holder for a prosperous and sustainable poole, said: “The council fully supports the Purple Teardrop Campaign and we will take every opportunity to raise awareness of the issue of human trafficking.

“The posters in toilets campaign is a great idea and one that we are pleased to be involved with.”

Cllr Carol Evans, Poole Town Ward Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Poole, said: “I think that in light of human trafficking, especially as we are a port town, people can come in and this unfortunately sometimes happens illegally.

“I think that it is great that these posters are in places where they can be seen and it has been a pleasure to work with the Soroptimists International within the borough of Poole.”

For more information, go to purpleteardrop.co.uk

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6:47am Wed 12 Mar 14

Huey says...

Human trafficking? This town can't even sort out road traffic.
Posters in public toilets? Why is that then?
Probably better off sticking them up in takeaways and pubs.
Human trafficking? This town can't even sort out road traffic. Posters in public toilets? Why is that then? Probably better off sticking them up in takeaways and pubs. Huey
  • Score: 5

7:25am Wed 12 Mar 14

BIGTONE says...

The towns public toilets!!!!!


How many are left after the Council closed them........3?

Ok....give us 3 posters then.

That was a cheap campaign.
The towns public toilets!!!!! How many are left after the Council closed them........3? Ok....give us 3 posters then. That was a cheap campaign. BIGTONE
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9:01am Wed 12 Mar 14

Hessenford says...

Cllr Xena Dion says, "“The posters in toilets campaign is a great idea and one that we are pleased to be involved with.”
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Obviously not, posters in toilets, if their are any toilets left open that is, if you were serious about this issue you would be putting posters up all over the place but then that would cost a little money wouldn't it.
Cllr Carol Evans says “I think that it is great that these posters are in places where they can be seen.
Seen by who, the very people who abuse young girls and who are involved in human trafficking,
Town Councillors haven't a clue what going on these days much lees trying to deal with these problems.
Cllr Xena Dion says, "“The posters in toilets campaign is a great idea and one that we are pleased to be involved with.” . Obviously not, posters in toilets, if their are any toilets left open that is, if you were serious about this issue you would be putting posters up all over the place but then that would cost a little money wouldn't it. Cllr Carol Evans says “I think that it is great that these posters are in places where they can be seen. Seen by who, the very people who abuse young girls and who are involved in human trafficking, Town Councillors haven't a clue what going on these days much lees trying to deal with these problems. Hessenford
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9:18pm Wed 12 Mar 14

xena dion says...

This campaign is going across all of Poole and bars and restaurants and any other public places will, hopefully, get in touch and put posters up in their customer toilets. The Council are showing a lead here, as would be expected, in a very important cause. Victims of trafficking will, at very least, be able to use a toilet in private. Its one of the few places where they can be alone and make a note of a number. The posters are pictorial, before the same people start complaining that they are all in English!. Its must be terrible to be a victim of trafficking, anything we can do must be better than not doing anything. The choices of toilets that people have, where council ones have been closed, are a much better offer - safer, cleaner and not so vandalised!
This campaign is going across all of Poole and bars and restaurants and any other public places will, hopefully, get in touch and put posters up in their customer toilets. The Council are showing a lead here, as would be expected, in a very important cause. Victims of trafficking will, at very least, be able to use a toilet in private. Its one of the few places where they can be alone and make a note of a number. The posters are pictorial, before the same people start complaining that they are all in English!. Its must be terrible to be a victim of trafficking, anything we can do must be better than not doing anything. The choices of toilets that people have, where council ones have been closed, are a much better offer - safer, cleaner and not so vandalised! xena dion
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