UK Slavery

Bringing Balance to the UK Modern Slavery Bill

Claire Falconer | Posted 08.04.2014 | 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 04.03.2014 | 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 28.02.2014 | 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?

Film Review: 12 Years a Slave

Victoria Sadler | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Few films will impact you like 12 Years a Slave. It's brutal, tragic and an unflinching account of slavery. But such is the talent through every aspect of this production that the film is also gripping and eminently watchable.

Woman Accused Of Keeping Four Male Slaves In Squalid Conditions At Her Home

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A woman has been charged with slavery offences after four men were found at her home. Unemployed Vasilica Panaghita, 54, was charged this morning a...

Slavery and Popcorn: '12 Years A Slave'

Neil Durkin | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Neil Durkin

It's a film with little to seriously unsettle the viewer. Most 12 Years audiences will be expecting two-and-a-quarter hours of high-calibre spectacle on the subject of how slave-owners in USA's pre-Civil War southern states mercilessly mistreated their human "possessions". And this is precisely what they get. It's confirmational stuff.

We Need More Films Like '12 Years a Slave', Not Fewer

Sonia Grant | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sonia Grant

There haven't been that many movies in the same genre - Django Unchained didn't count! Weighing in, the film's director, Steve McQueen, suggested that uneasiness could be borne out of a sense of "shame". But, there's a plethora of compelling voices and stories yet to be heard and read...

12 Years a Slave: What a Story About Slavery Can Teach us About Today's Death Penalty

Dr Bharat Malkani | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Dr Bharat Malkani

In addition to this overt type of racism, a less visible type of racism rears its head in today's system of capital punishment. Research has shown that, all things being equal, you are more likely to be sentenced to death if you kill a white person instead of a black person.

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...

Slavery Is an Evil That Continues to Confront Our Society

James Brokenshire | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Politics
James Brokenshire

The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights is explicit in stating that no-one shall be held in slavery or servitude. And yet, 65 years on, it is this very evil that continues to confront our society. It is happening in our streets, in our communities, and across the world... Our primary objective is to deter and disrupt the activities of those who are involved in these despicable crimes.

Police Free Three Male 'Slaves'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.12.2013 | UK

Three men who are thought to have been the victims of slavery have been saved by police. Avon and Somerset Police carried out raids on Sunday as pa...

TV Presenter Resigns Over Sarah Palin Remarks

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

Martin Bashir has resigned from his role at US network MSNBC, following comments he made about Sarah Palin, which suggested someone should defecate in...

Family Tells Of Concern For 'Slavery' Case Woman Who Died in 1997

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK

The cousin of a woman who lived in a Maoist commune being investigated for alleged slavery have spoken about the death of Sian Davies in 1997 after sh...

WATCH: 'Slavery' Suspects And Victims Captured On Film

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK

The first images of a couple accused of keeping three women as slaves as part of a bizarre Maoist sect have been released. The film shows suspects...

'Slave Is Codebreaker's Daughter'

Posted 27.11.2013 | UK

The daughter of a Second World War codebreaker is one of three women allegedly held as a slave by a Maoist sect, it has been claimed. Josephine Her...

If We Are to Learn the Lessons From Lambeth, We Need a Slavery Bill Which Puts Victims Front and Centre

Diana Johnson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Diana Johnson

The truth is that this case, though extreme, is far from isolated. Modern day slavery is on the rise. Human beings - especially women and children - are being trafficked into and within the UK to work as labourers, domestic servants, prostitutes, cannabis farmers, forced beggars and a range of other jobs.

REVEALED: 'Slavery' Suspects Headed Up Radical Maoist Sect

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK

The couple arrested in the Lambeth slavery case were part of a radical Maoist collective, it has been revealed, named by multiple sources as Comrade A...

Slaves Could Be Working In Your Nail Bar, Theresa May Warns

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK

Tackling modern slavery in Britain is a "personal priority", the Home Secretary has said following the discovery of three women allegedly held as slav...

Lambeth 'Slavery' Suspects Had Been Arrested In 1970s

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK

Police are trying to understand what "invisible handcuffs" were on the three women allegedly kept in slavery at a house in Lambeth, Scotland Yard said...

Martin Bashir Suggests Someone Should S*** In Sarah Palin's Mouth

The Huffington Post | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK

Sarah Palin is a "world class idiot" for comparing the US national debt to slavery, British journalist Martin Bashir raged on his US TV show, suggesti...

Making Finance Fair

Julian Bond | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Julian Bond

Debt is a form of slavery and the Biblical message is one of release from slavery, of freeing of captives. It cannot be a mark of a civilised society that it is based on enslavement through debt. Peter Selby reminded us passionately that debt, interest and the slavery of the poor is condemned by God and the prophets in both Christian and Muslim religious traditions.

Human Trafficking: the First Gender-Equal Industry

Ben Acheson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

The human trafficking industry - already the most profitable international criminal enterprise after the drugs and arms trades - is posting higher profits than ever. In 2005, UN estimated that it was a $32billion per year industry, based on International Labor Organization estimates that 20.9 million people suffered from forced slavery.

Dubai: Bling, Bling, Ferraris and Slavery

Ritwik Deo | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Ritwik Deo

Athiraman Kannan took off his shoes and laid them on the carpet. It was cool, pleasant and fragrant as perpetual sun lashed the tinted windows of the Burj Al Khalifa. Next he smashed the air vent and started crawling through the twists and turns. He was 148 floors above the city.