Soroptimists take a stand against human trafficking
The chants of “No More Trafficking, No More Tears” could be heard throughout Bridgetown as Barbados Soroptimist International led an anti-human trafficking march through the Cityon Saturday.
A continuation of initiatives under the Purple Teardrop Campaign which was launched on International Women’s Day in March 2013, the march was aimed at educating the public on the signs of human trafficking.
Clad in purple, the marchers distributed flyers and stopped to tell onlookers and passers-by about their cause.
President-elect of Soroptimist International Barbados Ayo Barnard-Rollins, said this act of modern day slavery is prevalent in this small society, but many people were ignorant to the signs of human trafficking.
“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 see 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,” she 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 [future] generations.”
Noting that some cases of human trafficking start in abusive relationships, Barnard-Rollins urged those seeing 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 urged.