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    In 2016, there were 227 Vietnamese children identified as potential victims of modern slavery in the UK

    Leading children’s charity ECPAT UK will mark today’s Anti-Slavery Day (18th October 2017) with the release of an animated film aimed at tackling the growing issue of Vietnamese children being trafficked to the UK for cannabis cultivation. The Secret Gardeners, created by Ruth Beni of Animage Films and Oscar-nominated animator Erica Russell, aims to inform professionals about the plight of children who are forced by organised crime gangs to grow drugs in houses across the UK but who often face criminalisation and prison. It is hoped that the film, which is based on real-life experiences of children ECPAT UK has supported, will also educate members of the public who use cannabis…

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    Future Proofing Tourism in Pembrokeshire

    I had the privilege of speaking at a Pembrokeshire Tourism event on Future Proofing Tourism, they recognise that the future of the sector is in the hands of the industry. It is a rare thing now to see the sector coming together to consider competitiveness and sustainability. It was a remarkably young and dynamic and mixed group of people, all committed to making tourism better. They were enthusiastic about using tourism to make Pembrokeshire a better place to live in. It was clear in the open space session that there was energy and commitment in the room with people ready to take responsibility and collaborate to address a range of issues including market segmentation, extending the season cluster by…

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