Can You See Me?
West End stars hold flash mob in Trafalgar Square to protest against child trafficking
WINNER 2011 MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
Darren Murphy of Making Productions was part of the creative team behind the ‘Can You See Me?’ film. Top stars from the stages of London’s West End held a spectacular ‘flash mob’ in Trafalgar Square on April 11 2011 in support of the no profit organisation Love 146, which campaigns to end child sex slavery and exploitation.
The singers and dancer performed a routine to a specially arranged track by Annie Lennox; recorded at Dean Street Studios, to highlight the shocking fact that child trafficking is a major problem here in Britain.
Rachel Tucker, star of the West End hit Wicked, was joined by Divas of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Charlotte Riby, Portia Emare and Gemma Atkin. The heart-pounding performance featured over a hundred performers from an array of West End musicals including We Will Rock You, Dirty Dancing, Mamma Mia!, Grease, Wicked, Love Never Dies, Priscilla, 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.
Christian Elliott, Love 146 ‘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 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. 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 re-integration services for trafficked children.”
Rachel Tucker 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 Love 146’s campaign to make a real difference to some of the most damaged children in the country.”
Love 146 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 Love 146 the hope of abolition is a reality. Love 146 believes in helping grow the movement of abolition while providing effective, thoughtful solutions.
Love 146 believe in the power of Love and its ability to affect sustainable change. Love is the foundation of the organisation’s motivation.
Love 146 were founded in 2002 as Justice for Children International. In the UK Love 146 is a registered public charity – Charity Number 1137048.
For more information please visit love146.org.