Modern Day Slavery

Why Wilberforce's Fight Is Just As Relevant Today As It Was 210 Years Ago

John Oldfield | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK
John Oldfield

If you asked most people who they consider to be the most influential or important person ever to come out of the city of Hull, the chances are that W...

Christmas! Brought To You By Victims Of Modern Slavery

Cristina Talens | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Cristina Talens

Come Christmas Day, many of us will enjoy a turkey dinner with all of the trimmings and not give a second thought to just what went into bringing it t...

Loving the Stranger: How the Church of England Can Help Victims of Modern Day Slavery

Philippa Rowen | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK
Philippa Rowen

Many thanks to the Prime Minister for taking modern slavery seriously and funding our dedicated public sector; but exploitation will not stop without the help of the public. The Church is in the position of moral leadership which we should use both to inspire and also support all of those touched by this crime against our humanity.

Why A Neutral Central Registry for Company Transparency in Supply Chains Reports Is Key

Andrew Wallis | Posted 29.07.2017 | UK
Andrew Wallis

In March 2016 Section 54 of the UK's Modern Slavery Act - Transparency in Supply Chains etc. (TISC) provision took effect. It required businesses with a global turnover of £36 million or more and doing business in the UK to publish an annual statement about their efforts to tackle slavery in supply chains and their own organisation.

A Garden to Expose Modern Day Slavery

Kevin Hyland OBE | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK
Kevin Hyland OBE

As you walk around Chelsea Flower Show, you will find one garden designed by Juliet Sargeant that is a tribute to the best of British society - an array of bright flowers and multi-coloured front doors. Yet explore a little further, and in its dark centre you will uncover the stark and shocking reality that today, in modern Britain, there are more than 13,000 people living in slavery.

Recent Graduate: Dear David Cameron, why do we have to work for free?

Simon Doherty | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Simon Doherty

Dear Mr Cameron, I'm writing to see if you will be supporting a change in legislation to address the vicious cycle of exploitation of recent graduates, disparity in the creative industries, and the block in social mobility that all this brings.

Bad News From Theresa May If You're A Modern Slave Applying For Asylum

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK

More than a third of modern slavery victims who applied for asylum in the last five years were denied permission to stay in the UK, "shocking" officia...

Modern Slavery Act - Be Thankful

Andrew Wallis | Posted 06.08.2016 | UK
Andrew Wallis

We should pause and celebrate the United Kingdom's Modern Slavery Act. We should then commit to the hard work of ensuring that we use what we have, the powers, the reporting mechanisms, the further protection of victims and we should be thankful. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction. And as for the 5%, we will get there eventually.

UK Firms To Reveal Whether They Have Taken Action To Avoid Using Slave Labour

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK

Thousands of Britain's biggest firms will be forced to reveal whether they have taken action to ensure they do not use child or slave labour under pla...

Why the West Shouldn't Give Aid to the Eritrean Regime

One Young World | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
One Young World

At the G7 Summit in Germany, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron, said that more needs to be done to stop people leaving their homelands and crossing the Mediterranean. He emphasised that the UK could use its aid budget to stem the flow

Children Are Being Used In 'Oliver Twist' Crime Scenarios

PA | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK

Children are being used in criminal operations on Britain's streets in what the anti-slavery commissioner has called "Oliver Twist scenarios". Youn...

Sexual Violence Against Women - Solving the Problem (Part Two)

Jessica Chan | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jessica Chan

I think it is vital that we involve those directly at the centre of the issue - we must include women in discussions, and even in leadership roles, centred on the issue of sexual violence against women.

Sexual Violence Against Women - Understanding Sexual Violence (Part One)

Jessica Chan | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jessica Chan

Sexual violence is a specifically reprehensible form of violence, and includes rape and any other attack of a sexual nature perpetuated against both males and females. Its repercussions can be iniquitous, and may include acute and physical repercussions for survivors and witnesses. Human trafficking can also lead to sexual violence, and I will be discussing the issue of 'modern slavery' in this article. I will also highlight the brutal effects of sexual violence in conflict.

The Unmentionables

Josh Simons | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Josh Simons

Caste has become a taboo. Its relation to labour and in particular slavery goes virtually unquestioned; an uncomfortable conversation over chai or at a cocktail party. This does not contribute to the gradual erosion of stigma, it stifles discussion and a recognition of the basic living conditions of India's Dalits...

Tilbury Docks: An All Too Familiar Scene

Jacqueline McKenzie | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK
Jacqueline McKenzie

This is by no means an isolated incident. In 2000, 58 Chinese people were found dead in a lorry in Dover. In 2002 two young Ghanaian boys were found dead in the undercarriage of a plane. It was only on Monday that police rescued 20 victims of trafficking in Northern Island who were probably being exploited as low paid workers in the food industry.

Slavery In Southampton? Eight Men Rescued From Farm

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK

Police have issud a stark warning that people are being "trafficked, exploited and enslaved across the country" after rescuing eight men from a farm f...

Modern Slavery. It's Time to Act.

Emily Campbell | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Campbell

People are being bought and sold... Something of an epidemic, there are alarmingly many more human persons subject to slavery today, right now and in this moment than there ever was during the entire history of the slave trade.

Inside the Business of Human Trafficking

Mei-Ling McNamara | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Mei-Ling McNamara

There is mounting evidence that vulnerable migrant workers face a significant threat of labour exploitation in the UK. Men, women, teenagers, and children are all vulnerable, and found in sectors such as construction, care, agriculture, domestic labour, and the hospitality industry.

The New Modern Slavery Bill: Has It Got What It Takes?

Onjali Rauf | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Politics
Onjali Rauf

It's been over 200 years since Wilberforce's Slave Trade Act of 1807 and exactly 150 since Lincoln's 13th Amendment: yet there are more slaves in the world than ever. Will this one Act be the stopper we need?

Tackling Trafficking on a Global Scale

Joanne Taylor | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Tech
Joanne Taylor

The upsurge in human trafficking over recent years is one of the saddest and most serious aspects of the on-going globalisation of crime. Here we assess the scale of the problem and look at how technology can be employed to address it.

Slavery Returns: The Curse of Trafficking

Canon J.John | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK
Canon J.John

Would you snatch an ice cream from a small child? Of course not! Yet consider how much worse it is for a young person to be robbed not just of confectionery, but of hope, life and purpose? That is what people trafficking does and that is why it is so serious.

Modern Slavery

Baroness Mary Goudie | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Politics
Baroness Mary Goudie

Each week there is a new story hitting the headlines of slavery happening in Britain, not a far off land where it is often considered a by product of unstable governments. This is happening in Britain and it needs to be stamped out.

Tough New Punishments For Modern Day 'Slavers'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Modern day "slave-owners" and human traffickers should face life sentences, with punishment aggravated for rape, a forceful new report has said. Th...

Human Trafficking: It's What We Don't Know That Is Most Disturbing

Javed Khan | Posted 30.12.2013 | UK Politics
Javed Khan

When you're dealing with victims of crime it can sometimes be what you don't know that's most disturbing. How many more of them are out there? What are the signs that we missed? Are we spotting others before it's too late? Nobody could have failed to be affected by the harrowing story of a 10-year-old girl trafficked from her home in Pakistan to Manchester.

Shining the Light on Modern Slavery

Professor Kevin Bales | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK
Professor Kevin Bales

Everybody hates it; no one knows what it is. Slavery. It's so much a part of human history we think we understand it. The chains, the whips, the ships crammed with the dying, it's all there in our common memory. And in so many ways, we've got it wrong...