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Cut It Out on 8 March

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute". (Proverbs 31:8)

In May 2012 we launched the Cut It Out campaign. A campaign that aims to raise awareness to the global issue of human trafficking for sexual exploitation as well as this we have been encouraging people to join or start ACT groups (a Stop the Traffik initiative), campaign for tighter regulations for the advertising of sexual services online and campaign to see an end to the advertising of sexual services in our UK newspapers.

We have loved hearing your stories of how you have been engaging in the campaign and are thrilled that so many of you feel so passionately about seeing an end to human trafficking and are shouting about this in your communities, your schools, amongst your friends and in your corps.

If we want to see an end to the advertising of sexual services in our newspapers, we need to focus all of our campaigning efforts as we are fighting what is big business for the newspapers. We need to let them know that advertising trafficked victims is not and never will be acceptable. We need to see trafficking ‘Cut Out’ of our newspapers and to see this happen we really need to make some noise and generate a lot of publicity.

Therefore we want as many of you as possible to join with us and make sure that on 8 March (International Women’s Day) of this year every single newspaper editor that allows the advertising of sexual services in their newspaper will be inundated with letters asking them to ‘Cut It Out’. We can not let this injustice continue and we need to ‘speak up for those that don’t have a voice’ (Proverbs 31:8, Message)

So please do some research, have a look in your local paper, are there adverts in there that need cutting out and sending back to the editor along with the letter template. We need to make sure that newspaper editors will never be able to plead ignorance, that even if they choose to continue to allow this type of advertising in their publications that they will never be able to say that it is because they didn’t know what these adverts truly represent.

Please get campaigning and regularly send in your letters of protest, but please also make sure that you aim to have a letter arrive on their desk on 8 March. Encourage as many people as possible to join with us in seeing human trafficking ‘Cut Out’ of our newspapers.

Our specific focus on International Women’s Day is being done in partnership with the Purple Teardrop Campaign. Please sign their ‘Ban Sex for Sale Adverts’ petition by clicking on the link - http://www.gopetition.com/petition/39368.html

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