Modern Day Slavery
Modern slavery is one of the most pressing humanitarian concerns of our time. Whilst Home Office figures predict that there are currently some 13,000 modern slaves in the UK, Kevin Hyland, the independent anti-trafficking commissioner, has indicated that the true figure is believed to be much greater - perhaps in the tens of thousands.
The face of retail is changing from brick and mortar to online portals, from sweatshop produced to ethically sourced.
If you asked most people who they consider to be the most influential or important person ever to come out of the city of
Come Christmas Day, many of us will enjoy a turkey dinner with all of the trimmings and not give a second thought to just
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.
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.
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.
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.
More than a third of modern slavery victims who applied for asylum in the last five years were denied permission to stay
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.