UK Slavery

You Might Not See It, But It Still Exists

Josh Simons | Posted 29.07.2014 | 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 18.07.2014 | 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 18.06.2014 | 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?

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.