KCAT – Update

The work of establishing and launching Kingston Community Against Trafficking continues apace and the core team of members from Everyday Kingston and Kingsgate in Kingston is working towards a year long schedule of events which include training, awareness raising and research. Initial research suggests that there are more than 90 organisations selling sex services in and around Kingston, and many of those are likely to be exploiting trafficked women.Our Facebook page has been launched (- like us -) and we have an awareness raising event at Everyday Kingston planned for the 20th March when we’ll be showing a powerful (15-rated) movie based on a true story of human trafficking and sex slavery – it’s harrowing but essential viewing. We’ll follow this with a training morning on the 28th March, venue tbc.

We’ve also been in touch with the Cinnamon Network, who are investigating the feasibility of a franchised church-led anti-trafficking model, to share our strong desire to look at a franchised CAT model. Why are we even considering this before we’ve properly established a work in Kingston? The answer is two-fold. Firstly because we want to take any opportunity we can to learn from others who have established similar works elsewhere, but secondly because we’ve sensed a growing call to pray for and even help facilitate the establishment of Anti-Trafficking communities in every London borough; this is essential to close the net of traffickers who, when faced with grass roots pressure, tend to relocate to neighbouring boroughs. It represents a vision of Londoners all over linking arms and slamming the door shut on trafficking in the capital: given London’s global influence it would truly be a slam heard around the world…

Many thanks to those of you who have expressed an interest in this work – if you haven’t e-mailed us please do and we’ll add you to the mailing list. Many thanks as well to Bianca who has agreed to serve as an Everyday ambassador for the long-running prayer meeting which will be moving from Ham to Everyday Kingston in March. Again, contact us for more information.

Akhtar Shah

Leadership, Social Action, Evangelism.