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Human Trafficking Awareness Index for December 2015

January 04th, 2016 - Posted by Claire Barker in Human Trafficking Awareness

The December 2015 Human Trafficking Awareness Index for the UK shows 370 trafficking-related articles published by the British and Irish media during December 2015. Using the Nexis filter of 'Subject' to filter through results, a dominant news story appearing across all media related to ISIS and sex slavery. Further filtering results using the 'Islamic State in Iraq & the Levant' term revealed 20 stories published in the UK & Irish media.

The Mirror (mirror.co.uk) revealed how ISIS plan to bring back the slave trade in the West. The information was leaked in a booklet published by a militant government department designed to turn captured prisoners into slaves. The article reports that 'The booklet entitled "From Creator's Rulings on Capturing Prisoners and Enslavement," lays out rules on enslaving women seized from vanquished "infidels"." The article also reports on a "previously undisclosed ruling by the Islamic State's Research and Fatwa Committee that sanctions the harvesting of human organs. The fatwa raises concerns that the violent extremist group may be trafficking in body parts.'

The Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk) reports how Pope Francis used his Christmas Day blessing in Rome to 'urge the international community to crack down "unanimously" on Isil and to end "atrocities" in the Middle East and Africa.' The article notes that, although Pope Francis did not refer to ISIL directly by name, he made clear references to the atrocities carried out by the jihadist group. The feature closes with a quote from the Pope's Christmas day blessing, which underlines the global awareness of the issues of human trafficking: "May our closeness today be felt by those who are most vulnerable, especially child soldiers, women who suffer violence, and the victims of human trafficking and the drug trade."

As the focus from senior religious figures continued over the Christmas period, The Argus (Brighton Hove Lewes Worthing Shoreham Newhaven and Sussex ) covered the message from the most senior Anglican in Sussex. The Bishop of Chichester Rt Rev Martin Warner told The Argus that 'the UK and its allies need to get round the negotiating table with the terrorist group if peace is to be achieved in Syria.'

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The December 2015 Human Trafficking Awareness Index for the UK stood at -88% which reflects 370 trafficking-related articles published by the British and Irish media during December 2015 compared to 518 the previous month.

The LexisNexis Human Trafficking Awareness Index™ data model highlights emerging trends and patterns of awareness within and across national borders. The Index uses the respected Nexis® service to track and analyse the volume of articles related to human trafficking. Using a licensed collection of almost 6,000 of the most influential news sources from more than 100 countries, the HTA Index highlights emerging trends and patterns of awareness within and across national borders. Activists working to combat human trafficking can use this information to highlight and raise awareness to inform their efforts and gain greater understanding of the news.

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