Menace of human trafficking shown

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Shoppers in Sheffield were given an insight into the horrors of human trafficking – in an unusual way.

Crystal Peaks shopping centre hosted representatives from charity Soroptimist International, whose walk-in gift box was set up in the mall.

A spokeswoman for the charity said: “It was a walk-in piece of public art that tried to entice people inside by luring them with enticing promises. Once inside the truth was revealed.”

Inside the box was an exhibition highlighting the problem of people being groomed for prostitution.

“The aim is to raise awareness among young people of the obscenity of grooming for prostitution and how easy it is to be drawn into it,” she added.

“This issue is growing at an alarming rate, with 9.1 million men, women and children being trafficked across borders and within their own countries at any given moment in time.

“It is the world’s fastest- growing global crime.”

The display was opened by Lord Mayor Coun Vickie Priestley, and her consort, Lloyd Priestley, and was visited by hundreds of people over two days.