I consider myself to have had a very privileged upbringing and it wasn’t until I quit my job in banking and began to travel that my eyes were opened to the prevalence of poverty and the problem of human trafficking.
It makes me both angry and sad to hear of cases where people have been trafficked. Victims’ experiences are unimaginable for most of us.
In London, I don’t think people are always aware of the extent of human trafficking. The truth is it’s never far away. The construction workers building the extension next door, or the kitchen staff washing dishes at your favourite restaurant, could have been brought here and forced to work long hours for minimal pay.
With Fixers, I want to raise awareness of human trafficking and show people how to spot when someone is being exploited.
I hope that if people know what to look out for, they’ll feel confident reporting their concerns and more victims of human trafficking will get the help they need.
* Note: Fixers sometimes go beyond the 16-25 year age bracket while working on their Fix.
Felicity Sparks and Iman Fadaei have helped me with this Fix.
Salvation Army Andrew Wileman, Assistant Anti-Trafficking Response Coordinator, supports my project. He has helped with my research and has provided useful contacts and access to other relevant organisations. He agreed to be interviewed to feature in my Fixers film.
Human Trafficking Foundation The team at the Human Trafficking Foundation support my Fix. Tatiana, their Project Development Manager, has assisted me with my research and has put me in touch with other organisations that have been able to help.
Metropolitan Police Detective Sergeant Phil Rashidi from the Metropolitan Police Service Trafficking and Kidnap Unit supports my project. He agreed to be interviewed on camera to appear in my Fixers film.
Thank you also to Todor Maxim, Augustina Amoa and Teresa Jennings - the actors that featured in my Fixers film - and to Magdalena Ackermann for her support throughout my project.
January 2015 An article featuring news of my Fixers campaign has appeared in the Hackney Gazette. Click here to read the piece.
Feedback to my story has been really positive and has even reached Switzerland! You can read some of the feedback I have received below:
Robert: 'Kevin thank you for sharing this video. This is also happening in Switzerland!'
Gabriella: 'Worth a watch - we all need to be more aware of the people around us and be prepared to report anything that seems wrong or suspicious.'