Film is to highlight human trafficking

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A SHEFFIELD woman is to create a short film to highlight the plight of women trafficked into the UK to work in the sex trade – and given just 45 days in a safe house if they escape.

Law student Leanne Dodson, aged 24, is working with Fixers, the national movement of young people ‘fixing’ the future, to create the film about human trafficking.

She volunteers with trafficking victims and gives the women the opportunity to earn money by making jewellery and selling it.

Leanne said: “When I first found out about human trafficking I was shocked to know it existed in the world, it existed in the UK, and worst of all, it existed in Sheffield. There needs to be more help out there for vulnerable women.

“When I hear their stories it makes me feel awful, sick and shaken, and makes me wish I could do more about it.

“For the last two years, I’ve been working to support victims of human trafficking. I’m going to be working with Fixers to make a film to raise awareness about this crime.”

Detective Sergeant Alisdair Duncan, from South Yorkshire Police, is backing the awareness campaign.

He said: “It’s probably one of the most horrific areas of criminality that I’ve been involved in and I’ve been a police officer for 29 years now.”