Media Awards 2012

WINNERS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING FOUNDATION MEDIA AWARDS 2012 ANNOUNCED ON ANTI-SLAVERY DAY

The winners of the Human Trafficking Foundation Media Awards 2012 were announced at an event held at the Speaker’s House on Wednesday 17 October, on the eve of Anti-Slavery Day.

The Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow MP, presented the awards (full list below), with British MPs joined by parliamentarians and former ministers from across the EU, as well as journalists, police and border agency staff, and NGOs.

Anthony Steen, Chairman of the Human Trafficking Foundation, said: “The Human Trafficking Foundation Media Awards were introduced last year as a way of highlighting the tremendous work those in the media do to shed light on this evil trade in human lives. The media’s work is invaluable in helping to raise awareness of modern day slavery, which is more prevalent now than when it was ‘abolished’ by William Wilberforce 200 years ago. Recent figures released by SOCA (Serious Organised Crime Agency) show a worrying trend: the number of ‘home grown’ British victims of trafficking has risen, and last year saw the first reported cases of trafficking for organ harvesting”.

This week a programme of events is being held around the UK to mark Anti-Slavery Day – enshrined in law by Act of Parliament and held annually on 18 October to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

Established in 2010 by former MP Anthony Steen, Anti-Slavery ‘week’ includes the following events: -

-          A two-day Parliamentary conference, opened by Foreign Secretary Rt Hon William Hague, bringing together leading Parliamentarians from National Parliaments across the EU to agree a plan of action to tackle modern-day slavery

-          An inaugural meeting hosted by the Romanian Ambassador for all EU Member State Embassies in London to discuss with UK police and NGOs how they can better share information on human trafficking so that more accurate data is available to help fight trafficking and assist victims

There will also be a wider programme of talks, seminars, arts shows and film screenings across the country to mark the occasion (visit www.antislaveryday.com for further information)

In addition, as a result of a campaign led by the Human Trafficking Foundation and Members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking (chaired by Peter Bone, MP for Wellingborough), 10 Ministers from the Government’s Inter-Departmental Group on Human Trafficking will be marking Anti-Slavery Day by initiating or attending a number of events.

List of Human Trafficking Foundation Media Awards winners 2012

Best TV or radio drama/documentary dealing with human trafficking – ‘The Witch Doctor’s Children’, Our World, BBC World News, 12/10/2011, Chris Rogers

Best investigative newspaper article and/or broadcast news piece dealing with human trafficking (trafficking for sexual exploitation) – ‘Joy vanished into Britain’s child-sex trade – why aren’t we looking for her?’, Observer 16/10/2011, Mark Townsend

Best investigative newspaper article and/or broadcast news piece dealing with human trafficking (child trafficking) – ‘Football’s slave trade’, Sky Sports News – 27/03/2012

Best investigative newspaper article and/or broadcast news piece dealing with human trafficking (domestic servitude) – ‘Cameron plans to drop visa that saved his children’s nanny’, Independent on Sunday, 16/09/2011, Emily Dugan

Best investigative newspaper article and/or broadcast news piece dealing with human trafficking (forced labour) – ‘British men forced into ‘modern slavery’ abroad’, BBC Ten O’Clock News & BBC Radio 5, 01/02/2012, Alison Holt and Owen Phillips

Best stage or film production dealing with human trafficking – ‘Anya 17’ by Adam Gorb, Ben Kaye, Caroline Clegg, April 2012

Human Trafficking Foundation Award for Excellence in Journalism – Tim Rayment, Sunday Times