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Baker Martha speaks out for Tearfund child trafficking campaign

BBC Bake Off star Martha Collison is backing Tearfund's No Child Taken campaign to fight child trafficking ...

Martha Collison, who was just 17 when she was filmed for the recent series of BBC1’s The Great British Bake Off, is backing Tearfund’s No Child Taken campaign to help prevent child trafficking.  

“It really resonates with me how horrible it is that child trafficking is allowed to happen in this day and age all over the world,” said Martha.

Every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world, a child is trafficked into prostitution or labour.

To raise money for work to prevent child trafficking, Christian relief and development agency Tearfund has been encouraging its supporters to take up their wooden spoons and bake, as part of their Big Bake initiative. Sales of home-made goods will be taking place up and down the country on Anti-Slavery Day, Saturday 18 October 2014.

Today an enslaved person can be bought or sold for sex or work for an average of £53, which is less than most people in the UK might spend on a pair of jeans*. It makes a slave considerably more affordable than in the past. In 1850s America, shortly before the Civil War brought about abolition, the average slave price would have been roughly equal to the average price of a house**.

"It’s a scandal that trafficking is the world’s fastest growing crime," said Dot Tyler, Tearfund’s Head of Youth and Young Adult team, "and the human consequences are devastating. Earlier this year I met a four-year-old in a children’s home run by Tearfund partners in Uganda. Her experience of being trafficked had left her with sexually-transmitted infections, and she was malnourished and scared to go near adults. No four-year-old should have their childhood taken from them like this."

Meanwhile, Martha, who is now back at school studying for her A levels, is quite clear about her reasons for standing alongside Tearfund.

“With the Christian faith behind it, Tearfund's No Child Taken campaign gives hope to people whose lives have been destroyed since childhood,” she said, adding “I think that’s quite hard to undo, but God can heal broken lives.”

* Average UK spend on a pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) is £55.20 at October 2014 prices, source: http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/country_result.jsp?country=United+Kingdom
** Source: http://www.measuringworth.com/slavery.php

Photo of Martha: Tom Price/Tearfund
Photo of children: Edward Woods/Tearfund
 

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