Soroptimist International leads march against human trafficking

Soroptimist International, through its Purple Teardrop campaign, is continuing its drive to sensitize the population about the scourge of human trafficking.

The group staged an anti-human trafficking march in Bridgetown on Saturday.

Clad in purple, the marchers distributed flyers and stopped to educate passers–by about their cause.

As it relates to human trafficking in Barbados, president–elect of the Barbados Soroptimist International, Ayo Barnard–Rollins, shared that this act of modern-day slavery was prevalent in our small society.

However, she stressed that many people were ignorant to the signs of human trafficking in communities.

“We would get a number of persons saying, ‘yes I have seen this behaviour, I’ve seen this girl with many different men, I’ve seen this girl look like she is being abused, who looks like if she is vulnerable or never speaks to anyone’ but they don’t know where to go or who to call,” Barnard–Rollins explained.

“I think education is very important and the more we educate ourselves about what to look out for, the better decisions we can make and pass that down to our generations.”

Noting that some cases of human trafficking start while in abusive relationships, Barnard–Rollins urged those encountering the signs to take action.

“You need to reach out, you need to say something, dig down deep and don’t be afraid to reach out to somebody  . . . and ask for help,” she stressed.

Soroptimist International of Barbados launched the Purple Teardrop campaign on March 8, 2013.

3 Responses to Soroptimist International leads march against human trafficking

  1. Peter March 5, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Let’s see them lead the fight against neglect of elderly folks here in Barbados It can be called BERP Acronym for Barbadian Elderly Relief Program. Every company, professional, organization and willing citizen can afford one dollar a day or send a cheque for $30.00 per month tp the RDC to coordinate a home refurbishment program for the elderly who live alone without assistance from any relative or family or even friend. Tell me which business, Lawyer, doctor, architect, accountant, engineer, restaurant, hotel, et al. cannot afford just $30.00 which is reclaimable in their tax returns, per month to show our elderly we care. Service clubs and BARP can work with the RDC to carry this program forward.

  2. Jennifer March 5, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    What evidence is there of human trafficking in Barbados??? I know it is an issue in many European and other countries.

  3. Patricia Sanderson March 5, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Well done SI Members in Barbados. 12 years ago our SI Club in a rural area in NW England held public meetings to raise awareness of the horror of human trafficking. The Police Authority confirmed it was happening in our area, although the general public at the time, if they aware of it, thought it a problem only in our cities. As a frequent visitor to Barbados during last 40 years I was delighted to see, that at Sir Grantley Adams Airport notices addressed specifically to victims, are prominently displayed at Immigration Control. (UK airports have notices in the ladies toilets only.)


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