STUDENTS in cages staged a flash mob to urge people to ‘open their eyes’ to the problem of human trafficking.
The Stop the Traffik Society, from Sheffield University, staged their surprise event with other campaign groups to highlight how slavery still exists despite its abolition 205 years ago.
Some members stood in cages with ‘for sale’ signs to represent slavery, while others froze in position wearing blindfolds to highlight how society is blind to the problem.
Beth Surgenor, aged 20, of Crookesmoor, who took part in the demo outside the Students’ Union, Western Bank, said: “Sunday marked 205 years since the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire.
“Yet there are still more slaves in the world today than ever before.
“I think we did open people’s eyes to the problem.
“The concourse is normally really noisy, but it did go quiet when we did the flash mob.
“We had 200 bars of free chocolate to give away and they all went, so that shows quite a few people must have seen us.
“I think people were surprised to see us in cages and that did bring the message home.”
Stop the Traffik is a campaigning society against human trafficking – where a person is taken or deceived into being bought, sold and transported into slavery.