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Gweini News Update 07/09/2015

Dear friends,

Please see below for the following Wales-related news and updates relating to human trafficking, violence against women  and exploitation / pornography:

Human Trafficking

  1. Modern Slavery / Refugee Crisis – European Perspective’ is taking place tonight, September 7th at Prince’s Drive Baptist Church, Colwyn Bay, Conwy LL29 8LA.
    Marko Stupar from Serbia is actively involved in Anti Human Trafficking work in the Balkans and will share about his work, and the current refugee situation in SE Europe. Jim Coy is the North Wales Anti Slavery Coordinator, and he will give an update of ongoing operations and work in this area.
    There will be an opportunity to ask questions and the evening will close with a time of prayer.
    For more information, contact Ali Ussery on or 07870 241 618.
  2. The next Red Session, organised by Dai Hankey, will be taking place on Friday 18 September with a talk from Liberty, a team of Christian women from the Cardiff area who reach out to Cardiff’s sex workers on the street and in brothels. The meeting will be held at Rainbow of Hope Centre, Broadway, Cardiff and will start at 7:30. For more info, contact Dai on or @daihankey.
    See this document for details of other Red Sessions taking place later on this year.
  3. The A21 Walk for Freedom initiative is happening at numerous places around the world, including Newport, on October 17th. Details are here on A21’s website and once you sign up, you’ll receive further info closer to the date.
  4. Two girls who had been trafficked have recently graduated from Safe From Slavery’s 14-month aftercare programme. They are now in full-time employment, in shared accommodation and pursuing their dreams. Praise God!

Violence against Women

You can download the August bulletin from Welsh Government’s Violence against Women and Domestic Abuse team, here, including:

  1. Update on the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015
  2. National Training Framework

Exploitation / Pornography

Karin Cooke of Freedom Church and Porn Scars has recently launched her book Dangerous Honesty. The book shares honest and hard-hitting stories from women who have visited pornographic websites and the impact on their relationships, self-esteem, family and faith. For more info – including how to buy - see Amazon.

Karin gave a presentation on this topic at the Welsh Assembly’s most recent Cross Party Group on Faith meeting. The meeting was titles God and Sex – faith groups tackling pornography and the other presentation was given by Shereen Williams of the Henna Foundation, who looked at revenge porn.


The next email on these themes will be sent out in December. If you have items you’d like to have included, then please contact me on

Warm regards,


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