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Newbury town centre petitioners hope to trigger parliamentary debate on human trafficking

NEWBURY Soroptimists will be aiming to collect 100,000 signatures outside the town hall today (Tuesday).

If they achieve their target number, the charitable organisation intends to present their petition to the House of Parliament, asking for legislation to ban so-called sex for sale advertising in the media.

Their petition is in line with Anti-Slavery Day today, a national day that was introduced after being championed by former MP and now Chairman of the Human Trafficking Foundation, Anthony Steen, and a day which aims to bring an end to modern day slavery; it also coincides with the European Anti-Trafficking Day today.

The Newbury Soroptimists hope that their efforts will bring respite for trafficked and vulnerable women forced into the sex trade, which, they estimate, could number 12,000 in England and Wales alone.

They will remain outside the town hall from 10am to 2.30pm.

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