Christian News

London’s West End Stars Hold ‘Flash Mob’ In Trafalgar Square to Protest against Child Trafficking

By  | 

Visitors to Trafalgar Square were recently stunned when they witnessed top stars from the stages of London’s West End theaters suddenly hold a spectacular “flash mob” in support of the nonprofit organization Love146, which campaigns to end child sex slavery and exploitation.

A scene from the event
((Photo: Mark Murfitt)

The event took place on Monday, April 11, 2011 starting at 5:00 PM, and the singers and dancers performed a routine to a specially arranged version of Little Bird (by Scottish Grammy and Oscar-winning artist, activist and campaigner, Annie Lennox), to highlight the shocking fact that child trafficking is a major problem in Britain.

Rachel Tucker, star of West End hit Wicked, was joined by past and present divas of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Charlotte Riby, Portia Emare and Gemma Atkins.

They were backed by over a hundred dancers from an array of West End musicals including We Will Rock You, Dirty Dancing, MAMMA MIA!, Grease, Wicked, Love Never Dies, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Wizard of Oz and the English National Ballet.

“The campaign is dubbed ‘Can you See me’ because the crisis is all too often hidden and taboo – when in fact it is going on in towns and cities throughout the country, right in front of us,” said a spokesperson for the event.

It featured a young girl dressed in red carrying a sign with that poignant message.

Christian Elliott, who is the Love146 “Can you See me” Campaign Director said: “Many UK citizens do not believe that child trafficking is a problem in their own neighborhood and that it’s only a problem in less developed countries. This is simply not true. In the UK there are boys and girls from as young as 11 being trafficked into Britain from all over the world. They rapidly become victims of exploitation and are incredibly vulnerable.

The crowd gets larger in Tragalgar Square
(Photo: Mark Murfitt)

“We must unite and play our part in making this abhorrent crime history. For a country that promotes human rights around the world and has some excellent services for children and young adults, it is a scandal that, in 2011, the UK has little or no designated aftercare or reintegration services for trafficked children.”

Love146 is commissioning an independent report to highlight the need for safe accommodation, specialized aftercare and therapeutic services for trafficked children. The charity will shortly be releasing the findings of a survey of local authorities’ responses to trafficked children in their areas.

Rachel Tucker, star of West End hit Wicked said: “All of us were shocked to hear the terrible fate of children even in our home towns and cities. This is our way of trying to raise awareness, and getting people behind Love146’s campaign to make a real difference to some of the most damaged children in the country.”

Martin Houghton-Brown Chief Executive of Missing People said: “The tragedy is that we neither know the true scale of the problem nor have a comprehensive plan to resource the solutions to children being trafficked into, out of and within the UK. Delivering effective, safe and secure care for children suspected of being trafficked is an essential step in providing a safety net for children who are at risk.”

For further media information, please contact:
Nuala Ginty, Flashmob Event PR Agent
t/+ 44 (0) 207 0612658 m/+44 (0) 7944 478132  E-mail:

A spokesperson for the group went on to say, “Love146 works toward the abolition of child sex slavery and exploitation through prevention and aftercare solutions, while contributing to a growing abolition movement. Slavery is still one of the darkest stories on the planet but for Love146, the hope of abolition is a reality. Love146 believe in helping grow the movement of abolition while providing effective, thoughtful solutions. Love146 believe in the power of Love and its ability to affect sustainable change. Love is the foundation of the organization’s motivation.”

Love146 was founded in 2002 (as Justice for Children Intl.). In the UK Love146 is a registered public charity (UK Registered Charity Number 1137048). In the US Love146 is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Dan Wooding, 72, is an award winning British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 46 years. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS). He was, for ten years, a commentator, on the UPI Radio Network in Washington, DC., and now hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on KWVE in Southern California and which is also carried on the Calvary Radio Network throughout the United States. The program is also aired in Great Britain on Calvary Chapel Radio UK. Wooding also a regular contributor to The Weekend Stand on the Crawford Broadcasting Network, and a host for His Channel Live, which is carried via the Internet to some 192 countries. He is the author of some 43 books. Two of the latest include his autobiography, “From Tabloid to Truth”, which is published by Theatron Books. To order a copy, press this link. Wooding, who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, also recently released “God’s Ambassadors in Japan” which is available at

Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

3 × five =