CHAINED-UP and screaming, children were led through Oxford city centre yesterday as part of a demonstration against human trafficking.
More than 40 youngsters were taken up High Street, through Cornmarket, and into Broad Street where a mock slave auction was held in front of astonished shoppers.
The teenagers, from St Gregory the Great and St Edward’s schools, were led by a ‘child catcher’ based on the character from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Oxford Community Against Trafficking organised the piece of street theatre to raise awareness on UK Anti-Slavery and EU Anti-Trafficking Day.
Clarice Julianda, 16, a pupil at Cricket Road’s St Gregory the Great, said: “Hopefully it has made people aware that human trafficking happens everywhere.”
She said she was surprised to hear trafficking had happened in the city, adding: “It was quite a big shock, but it could happen anywhere.”
Josh Battaliou, 17, a drama student at St Edward’s School in Woodstock Road, added: “Oxford is an area where you wouldn’t expect it to happen, but it does occur.”