A Sheffield woman who raises money to help victims of human trafficking has been shortlisted for a national award.
Rachel Salway, who runs a fair trade fashion and party plan business, is in the running for the ‘Woman in the Community’ category of the Woman Inspiring Women Awards.
She started a website campaign called ‘STOP the Traffick!’ and she designed, commissioned and now sells a collection of bracelets to support a range of anti-trafficking charities, including Destiny Rescue, which rescues children from human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
She also supports charities including the Snowdrop Project, which provides long-term support for survivors of trafficking and Sheffield’s City Hearts project, which provides accommodation to trafficking victims trying to rebuild their lives and she has also donated to the Salvation Army.
Rachel, from Westfield, has raised around £5,000 so far.
“This is a great achievement and I’m excited that I am in the final eight. I am up against some other truly inspirational women so its all up to the public to decide who deserves to win,” she said.
She said she was inspired to help human trafficking victims after being ‘traumatised’ when she heard of the ordeal of a woman trafficked into the UK from Uganda who was kept indoors as a sex slave for six years before being dumped at the side of a road after becoming pregnant.
“This happened here, not the other side of the world,” she said.
Votes have to be cast by tomorrow, with the winners announced on June 13.