PODCAST actress Gillian Anderson presents film at UN on human trafficking

In the latest episode of the UN Radio podcast series The Lid is On, Ms. Anderson – best-known for her role in television’s X-Files – said the project is a shining example of the impact film can have.“When I started working on this I had no idea what the truth of the situation as it stands right now globally, the amount of children that are trafficked, the amount of humans that are trafficked into slavery, I was completely naïve about it and I was also shocked by the degree of my naivety as somebody who is quite active in various organizations and charities and has been for many years,” Ms. Anderson told UN Radio producer Matthew Wells.She added that combating sex trafficking of young women and girls has now become her number one priority when it comes to advocacy.“The message is bigger than the film itself,” she insisted. “Getting involved with the campaign around the film and seeing the impact that the right kind of campaigning can have on a movement and a broader conversation and a degree of activism is really remarkable and quite unique, and very inspiring.”The podcast also features an interview with a 19-year-old trafficking survivor from the United States, as well as with the film’s director Jeffrey Brown. read more

Leon Brittans widow reveals he kept concerns to himself because he did

first_imgLady Brittan leaves her home in central London She said believes her husband was “worse treated than had he been an ordinary citizen” and claimed the “presumption of innocence had been set aside”.Lady Brittan, who says she was assisted by her two daughters during the “turbulent” times, told the BBC: “He would never say anything to me, but I cannot believe from what he said to my daughters that he was not affected by it all.“He was a strong man and he was a very moral man, and I think the last thing he wanted – because I think we both knew what was coming – was to upset me even further.”She added that she does not blame police in general, but rather has had her confidence dented in the Metropolitan Police officers involved in the investigation. Show more He was a strong man and he was a very moral man, and I think the last thing he wanted – because I think we both knew what was coming – was to upset me even furtherLady Brittan She wants “lessons to be learned” and “just [wishes] that none of it had happened”. It emerged in 2014 that Lord Brittan had been questioned by police in connection with a historic rape allegation.Throughout the investigation, he maintained the allegation was wholly without foundation. He died in 2015 aged 75 after a long battle with cancer – before police told him the case had been dropped.It later emerged police had concluded there was not enough evidence to proceed in September 2013, but the case was reopened. The Crown Prosecution Service told police in November 2014 – two months before Lord Brittan died – that there was not enough evidence for them to consider bringing charges.This decision was appealed by Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Rodhouse.  It was not until April 2015 that the complainant was informed no charges would follow, even if Lord Brittan was alive.Lady Brittan received a letter from the police clarifying their position nearly six months later, in October that year.Explaining the reasoning behind the decision to reopen the case, the Metropolitan Police said: “It was felt that these were highly unusual circumstances where the previous independence of the police to tackle sexual offending by VIPs had been publicly called into question.“A decision to take no further action in respect of this allegation would undoubtedly have resulted in media criticism and public cynicism, and there was clearly a very strong public interest in ensuring that the correct decision had been made.”Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the force’s commissioner, later met with Lady Brittan to apologise.Lady Brittan’s interview with BBC Radio 4’s The Briefing Room will be broadcast tonight at 8pm.center_img Lady Brittan leaves her home in central LondonCredit:Warren Allott Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Lord Brittan’s widow has spoken out for the first time since police dropped their investigation into her husband, revealing he kept his concerns to himself because he did not want to upset her.The former Home Secretary died before being told he would not face any further investigation over an historic sex abuse allegation.His wife, Lady Brittan, has now spoken about how the investigation impacted on the family, admitting her husband did not confide in her in a bid to protect her.last_img read more