UK Slavery

Let's Speak Freely

John Oldfield | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK
John Oldfield

I was honoured to hear a powerful address this weekend from the former Secretary-General of the UN Kofi Annan, who delivered the annual Wilberforce le...

Expect More Stories Of Slavery - And Demand More Victim Support

Will Bordell | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK
Will Bordell

The lesson we must learn is that policing and prosecutions are only half the story. As more and more victims emerge, we will have to do better - and sooner, rather than later. If not, victims will become vulnerable to traffickers all over again and, what's more, they'll be less inclined to testify in court. Rescue and release is not a strategy. It's an outrage.

Exploring Britain's African Connections

Kirsty Osei-Bempong | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK
Kirsty Osei-Bempong

Growing up as a child of Ghanaian origin in England, I often wondered why school history lessons never made mention of Africans other than them being slaves. I remember vividly those awkward classroom sessions (as the only black girl in the class), where I'd feel eyes boring into me as the teacher droned on about these poor Africans forced on to ships to the Americas.

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...

Surviving Violence In The Sahara: The Women Of Mauritania

Johanna Higgs | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Politics
Johanna Higgs

Slavery. Perhaps one of the worst phenomenon's occurring on this earth at this time. No freedom to make choices in your life. No ability to protec...

Nearly 100 Arrested In Nail Bar Raids As Part Of Crackdown On 'Barbaric' Modern Slavery

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK

Scores of people were arrested on suspicion of immigration offences in a crackdown on alleged illegal working in nail bars. A total of 97 people wer...

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...

Book Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Robert Bradley | Posted 23.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Robert Bradley

Reading about the past is one of my favourite...(cough!) past times. I love to read about tales of the human struggle, how people were pitted against the cruelty of the power hungry, blood thirsty psychopaths that have dominated the ranks of the elite for eons; Just because their ancestor had the biggest stick.

The Legend of Tarzan

Harry Crawford | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Entertainment
Harry Crawford

Forget Disney, forget Phil Collins and forget coherency. Yates's take will leave hearts swooning for the leading couple, but if it's not a catwalk you're after, or melodrama, then you might as well pretend this film never existed. This is for teenage girls who can handle a little angst.

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.

George Clooney To Honour World’s Modern-Day Saviours

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK

George Clooney is set to honour some of the world’s modern-day saviours at a ceremony in Armenia on Sunday. The $1,000,000 (£700,000) Aurora Prize ...

A Campaign Led by Young People Can Help Make the Difference in Stopping Slavery

Gordon Brown | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK
Gordon Brown

We have seen how thousands of Nepalese girls, forced onto the streets after the Nepal earthquake, have been trafficked into India and even sold into the United Kingdom. Gross abuses, including rape, have been reported in Iraq. We have heard, at first hand, how Syrian refugee girls as young as eight and nine have been forced into working for exploitative employers when they should be at school. And the plight of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram from their school two years ago in Nigeria's Borno province continues to haunt us.

Child Slavery in Britain? It's Time to Lose the Stiff Upper Lip

Kate Tunstall | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK
Kate Tunstall

There are occasions when I find myself wondering whether some of us are too compassionate for our own good. We feel things deeply and we're affected to such a degree that we can't comfortably partake in activities others take for granted. For example, there are particular films which for the most part, we avoid.

Child Survivors Of Nepal Earthquake 'Being Sold As Slaves To Brits for £5k'

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK

Child survivors of the Nepal earthquake are being sold to British families for a few thousand pounds to work as domestic slaves, according to an inves...

Your Bigotry Enslaves You

Fariha Khan | Posted 02.04.2017 | UK
Fariha Khan

Dear Rossignol With all due respect who gave you the right to speak on my behalf when you said There are women who choose [to wear headscarves], th...

Man Trafficked And Enslaved By UK Family Worked Unpaid For Five Years

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK

A British family who trafficked, enslaved and forced a man to work unpaid for almost five years by beating and starvng him have been jailed for severa...

Misunderstanding the Black Male

Anthony Lorenzo | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Anthony Lorenzo

Average black men - by this I mean black men who haven't just won gold medals at the Olympics- only see ourselves portrayed negatively. Media imagery zooms in on gang violence, failure at school, our aggressive masculinity and by corollary misogyny.

London 'Cult Leader' Accused Of Imprisoning His Daughter In Commune For 30 Years

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK

The charismatic leader of a Maoist cult sexually assaulted two of his followers and imprisoned his own daughter in the commune for 30 years, a court h...

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...

"Slave" Is Part of the Language - It Shouldn't Be Off-Limits to Anybody

Dale Lately | Posted 09.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Dale Lately

In this case, for example, the word "slave" was part of an original quote by activist Emmeline Pankhurst, who led the suffragette campaign to give women the vote. It has precisely zero to do with what happened over several centuries between Africa and the Americas.

MOBO Season To Highlight Black People Are More Than Just Music!

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 02.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

It's really important to change the perception of the black community in the UK. They're not all rappers, reality stars, gang members or footballers. Just as many have careers in medicine, law, fashion, journalism and more but aren't ever given any profile in public.

Enslaved by Ignorance

Dom Anderson | Posted 01.10.2016 | UK
Dom Anderson

As a second generation Jamaican, born here in Britain I am proud of all aspects of my heritage. I just think I would be prouder still if we were brave enough as a society to tell the real stories.

British History Requires Us to Be Ignorant Above All Else

Matthew Bevington | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK
Matthew Bevington

Ignorance is an essential part of a national identity of false victimhood and absurd superiority. Whether it be the exporting of penal codes to the ...

Slavery? What the Hell Were We Thinking? How the (White) British Should Be Angry (and Shamed) About Our Ancestors

Malory Nye | Posted 13.08.2016 | UK
Malory Nye

Britain too has its social legacy from the slave trade we instigated and benefited from. We live with our own racism and tensions based on that shameful legacy.

This Islamic State 'Price List' For Females Is Genuine, Says The UN

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK

A ’price list’ for Yazidi and Christian females as young as one, written by the so-called Islamic State (IS), has been confirmed as genuine by a U...