Bishop Justus teen takes on human trafficking

TEENAGE life is difficult enough for most youngsters with the pressure to do well at school, to fit in and be liked.

But for one pupil these pressures are just the tip of the iceberg as she is also leading the borough’s fight against human trafficking.

Samantha Robbins volunteers at Stop the Traffik (STF) every Wednesday afternoon and has plans on a global scale.

The 16-year-old said: “Every minute people are trafficked across borders and people do not realise that it happens in their communities and their country.

“You walk down your road and you will see people who are trafficked and companies around you will use trafficked people.

“It’s important people know about this and it is youth who are leading the way.”

She got involved in the action group after hearing about it from her mum and one of her teachers.

Now she wants to spread the message across the borough.

The A-level student added: “I’m campaigning to raise awareness throughout all of the secondary schools and by next March I hope to have organised my school’s part in a global classroom where we will video conference with a school in Bangladesh.

“Both schools can then talk about human trafficking problems that are local to their own countries.

“It’s going to be an amazing event.”

Samantha is promoting the STF’s Start Freedom campaign in the hope of inspiring other young people to learn more about the issues of human trafficking.

Headteacher at Bishop Justus in Magpie Hall Lane, Bromley Common, Kathy Griffiths said: “Sam Robbins embodies all that is good about our young people.

“It is not enough to be caring and compassionate; people have to be able to make a difference.

“Sam’s passion for this campaign is infectious and I am certain that she will be able to mobilize our school community to also make a difference to this campaign.”

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