15 March 2007

The Trafficking of Women and Girls in Europe

The Women's Network in the Methodist Church is delighted to support the initiatives of the Metropolitan police as they launch their trafficking project in London. Following the success of Operation Pentameter, Margaret Sawyer, National Secretary for the Women's Network in the Methodist Church, said, 'I am very pleased that the Metropolitan Police Force has now followed up the work that they did last year on the trafficking of women and girls by establishing a more permanent project. This will surely send messages to all those who are intent on abuse and criminal manipulation that their days are numbered.'

Margaret Sawyer also made reference to the excellent exhibition at St Paul's Cathedral, 'Slave Britain' and the film due for national release on 23 March, Amazing Grace. She said, 'All people with a social conscience should see this film for they will be inspired by it and the exhibition is deeply moving and troubling. Coming to our attention at the time of the International Women's Day and so soon after the consultation on the status of women at the United Nations, these two events remind us that women still have a lot to bear in the 21st Century.'

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