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March 2016 Human Trafficking Awareness Index

April 08th, 2016 - Posted by Doireann Clabby in Human Trafficking Awareness

The March 2016 Human Trafficking Awareness Index for the UK shows 615 trafficking-related articles published by the British and Irish media during March 2016. Using the Nexis filter of 'Subject' to filter through results against 'Society, Social Welfare & Lifestyle', reveal a diverse selection of reporting highlighting cases of human trafficking.

The Exeter Express and Echo reports on Paul Jepson's play - 'This is My Body' a performance through one woman's experience of human trafficking and slavery in the 21st century. "Theatre is a powerful medium in highlighting important issues and raising awareness. Paul's passion for the subject matter emanated throughout the piece, as well as during the after show talk where he was evidently emotionally moved, as were the audience."

The search results also pull results from TV recordings. EBC TV news (supplied by BBC Monitoring Africa) reveals a report over video of Ethiopean Justice Minister Getachew addressing a meeting in Addis Ababa on ways to curb human trafficking.

The Argus (Newsquest Regional Press) reports on how The Body Shop's founder Dame Anita Roddick is remembered 40 years after the first shop opened in Brighton. Aside from setting the agenda through its natural cosmetic products, The Body Shop fought wider wars on whaling alongside Greenpeace and stood up for human rights with Amnesty International. It led a self-esteem campaign to counteract the expectation of women to look like supermodels and more recently highlighted the vulnerability of women through sex trafficking at a time when the practice was not making big headlines. Stop Sex Trafficking was something initiated by Anita Roddick who noted that it was under the radar but would become a social issue.

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The March 2016 Human Trafficking Awareness Index for the UK stood at 146% which reflects 615 trafficking-related articles published by the British and Irish media during March 2016 compared to 711 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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