Day 51 - On a more serious note
Once again a rest day has come and gone and I am feeling ready to go again tomorrow. My legs are still feeling tired but have recovered well from the last couple of days of running. The next block of three days will take me down to Aberporth and is a relatively short 129 km of running although this comes with a vertical gain of 2800 m. This will be the hilliest three days have had so far on the run, previously hilly days have been bookended by flatter days, and so the days are likely to be slow. The heat should start dropping after tomorrow and so the weekend should be cooler, which will be a nice change.
For the rest of today's blog I am going to copy a excerpt from an article that has just landed in my inbox from The Fuller Project (here is the full article). this article describes the reason I have chosen to run to increase awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking and to help TRIBE Freedom Foundation with their work.
How the UK Became an Origin Country for Human Trafficking
by Amandas Ong
"If Emily had to guess a number, she’d estimate that more than 1,500 men raped her when she was a teenager.
A decade ago, men on the periphery of her social circle trafficked Emily, now in her early 30s, into forced commercial sex, raping her in dilapidated apartments across towns in Wales and the West Midlands and northwestern areas of England. Emily, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect her identity and the safety of her young daughter, would watch as her abusers collected wads of cash, occasionally handing her a £5 note to buy drinks or cigarettes."
“This sounds weird, but it actually felt normal,” said Emily. “You start to rationalise everything in your head. It becomes safe in a way… and you get used to the chaos.
Emily is one of a growing number of girls and women in the United Kingdom who have been trafficked domestically. Until recently, very little was known about the interplay between different types of domestic trafficking. There wasn’t a name for the type of exploitation.
"Statistics from both the UK government and charitable organisations show that the UK is becoming an origin country for trafficking as a whole. More vulnerable British nationals are being taken from their communities than those of other nationalities, moving the UK away from its better-known status as a destination country.
Despite recent pledges by the British government to tackle modern slavery, advocacy groups say criminal networks are finding it easier to target the most vulnerable Britons, rather than bring people into the country."
"British nationals are now more likely to be lured against their will than any other nationality in the UK, according to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), the UK’s official system recording potential victims of modern slavery. Government data shows that some 3,560 British men and women (34% of the total) were referred to the NRM in 2020, with Albanian (1,638) and Vietnamese (653) nationals in second and third place, respectively.
The Salvation Army, which monitors trafficked persons who have appealed to the charity for help, recorded a 79% increase in domestically trafficked British people in 2020 compared to 2019. Its report shows that British girls and women are most likely to be sex trafficked or forced into county lines activity, like moving illegal drugs across the boundaries of police and local authorities."