UK Slavery

A World Where People Count

Manuel Barcia | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK
Manuel Barcia

Just after the results of the Brazilian presidential elections were made public a few days ago, giving current President Dilma Rouseff of the leftist Workers Party a small margin of victory over her opponent Aécio Neves, the British weekly magazine The Economist did what it always does, and came up with one of their worst ever statements.

Are We Still a Super Power?

Clive Norman | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK
Clive Norman

If we are then what are the benefits for us as a people of this Superpower? We are told that we benefit from trade deals here and there. But what is the reality? Are we as a population kidding ourselves that we are still a world power? Or is it more of an egotistical and superior belief that we are better than others who are not 'world powers'?

Slavery - An Anathema to Humanity and Islam

Farooq Aftab | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK
Farooq Aftab

Whatever warped religion these terrorists are practising, it has little to do with the true teachings of Islam. But what can you expect from those whose only knowledge of the faith comes from 'Islam for Dummies'?

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

Jessica Chan | Posted 11.11.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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.

Fighting Human Trafficking in Supply Chains: What You Can Do

Madina Jarbussynova | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK
Madina Jarbussynova

As more and more stories of human trafficking appear in newspapers and on television, consumers are increasingly asking what they can do to fight this problem. Many are frustrated, and feel disconnected from the people who make the clothes they wear or pick the fruit they eat, toiling in foreign countries and even on distant continents thousands of kilometres from the stores and markets where the products are sold...

Islamic State Have A Magazine Out, And It Justifies Sex Slavery

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK

Islamic State fighters captured, enslaved and sold Yazidi women and children, and claim the act is justified in Islam to prevent men from feeling "tem...

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...

Misogynistic Fanatics Prey on Women and Children in Kurdistan Region and Iraq

Laween Atroshi | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK
Laween Atroshi

The Kurdish proverb 'we have no friends but the mountains' has proven that the Kurds do have friends, not only the diaspora but everyone who is against IS/ISIS.

Why People Trafficking Must Not Be Allowed to Dictate Migration Policy

Steven Woolfe | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Politics
Steven Woolfe

Desperate men, women and children are the modern chattels of the modern multi billion-dollar slave trade in people trafficking. This business according to UN research is worth $15billion dollars a year and involves the control or forced labour of 20million persons.

Ferguson - A Country Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

White and Black Americans have fought in one way or another, side by side in the Union Army, in World War I and II, in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, only to return to their own separate neighborhoods, separate houses of worship and their own separate lives. Black and White Americans, for the most part, simply do not live in the same society and do not see the world around them in the same way.

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...

Dessa Rose Enchants London's West End

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

Dessa Rose is set in America's Deep South through the 1840s, telling the story of two young women who are on very different paths, that ultimately cross.

You Might Not See It, But It Still Exists

Josh Simons | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Josh Simons

It is an uncomfortable but perhaps unavoidable fact that modern slaves do not have much of a voice... modern slavery no longer always involves whips, chains, sweat and black skin. But we lack an accurate image through which we can portray the lives of around 21 million modern slaves.

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.

A New Way to Talk About Slavery

Misan Sagay | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Misan Sagay

Much has been made of how the two girls in the Zoffany painting inspired my writing of Belle. As important to me was the invisible third person in the painting, the man who put them there in terms of such equality: Lord Chief Justice Lord Mansfield. From the outset I went in search of the historical Lord Mansfield and I found him between two judgements....

Increased Expectations of Disabled People

Simon Stevens | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

My biggest complaint about being disabled is not that people are hostile to me, but that they are too kind to me with patronising pity, and believe me people can be harmed by kindness as much as hostility.

Sexism's Blurred Lines on the Vikings, Boko Haram and Slavery

Roz Morris | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK
Roz Morris

We don't celebrate modern slavery and sex trafficking. We don't think Boko Haram and other armed terrorist and pirate gangs in Africa, and elsewhere who are kidnapping people for ransom or sale are great fun, so we'll dress up like them - do we?

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.

Why Do We 'Save' Slaves Only to Imprison Them?

Maya Esslemont | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Politics
Maya Esslemont

As it stands, Britain's authorities have done very little to win the trust of human beings who are bought and sold. It's time the government used new legislative opportunities to stop focussing on tougher prison sentences, and start prioritising the lives of victims.

Bringing Balance to the UK Modern Slavery Bill

Claire Falconer | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Politics
Claire Falconer

Today, the Joint Committee on the Draft Modern Slavery Bill has published its comprehensive analysis of the draft Bill, and has forcefully demonstrated the Bill's deficiencies in key areas. The Committee's report provides a strong basis for amendment of the Bill, to pull its focus back to the victims it seeks to protect and to the exploitation it seeks to prevent.

Domestic Workers Trapped In Slave-Like Abuse 'Because Of UK Law'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK

Domestic migrant workers in the UK can be trapped in slave-like conditions meaning they are treated worse than in their own countries, a landmark huma...

Is Your Easter Chocolate Supporting Child Slave Labour?

Judith Lewis | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Judith Lewis

Wouldn't it be great if, instead of buying the usual, you chose one egg from a company which works with farmers to make change for the better? You don't even have to go any further than your local supermarket to make the change.

Why '12 Years a Slave' and 'Roots' are Inadequate Representations of Slavery

Ewa Zubek | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ewa Zubek

To those who have not seen Roots, the plot may still read like a familiar story. The recent release by black British director Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave, may start differently, but it follows a very similar trajectory of blood, whips and brutality.

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?