‘The HTF is leading the political campaign to ensure the UK is both hostile to traffickers and caring to victims. We’ve secured European Commission funds to establish a network of Parliamentarians throughout the EU to fight this growing disease,’ said Steen.
Multitude Media will work with the HTF in establishing a support network for NGOs, and will also oversee a social media strategy to connect with new audiences and promote the work of the foundation.
Last month, the Government hinted that it would finally join a Europe-wide effort to help tackle human trafficking by ensuring EU countries work together to help prevent the crime. Britain and Denmark remain the only EU countries yet to sign up to the directive.
Home Office minister Damian Green said: 'Tackling human trafficking is a priority for the Government. Opting in would send a powerful message to traffickers that Britain is not a soft touch and that we remain world leaders in fighting this terrible crime.'
Human trafficking is acknowledged by the United Nations as the third most lucrative organised crime in the world, surpassed only by the drugs and the arms trades, and generates an estimated US$32bn each year.
According the UK Human Trafficking Centre, a multi-agency body, more than 700 suspected cases of trafficking were referred in the year to March 2010.
Former Labour MP and Secretary of State for International Development under Tony Blair, Clare Short, and Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss are also founding members of the organisation.