Modern Slavery is happening here in our city.
MODERN SLAVERY HELPLINE 08000 121 700
In 2017 the National Crime Agency recorded that there were 1,608 potential victims of Modern Slavery found in London (Metropolitan Police Area). It is a live issue for parishes across the Diocese.
- 40.3 million people are estimated to be trapped in some form of modern slavery in the world today.
- 136,000 victims estimated in the UK. (Global slavery index report 2018)
What is modern slavery?
Modern slavery is an umbrella term for all forms of slavery, traﬃcking and exploitation. Modern slavery is a serious crime in which people are coerced or deceived into a situation where they are exploited, for the purpose of making a profit. The offence is punishable by up to life imprisonment under the 2015 Modern Slavery Act.
In London there are many forms of modern slavery, including trafficking for sexual exploitation (including prostitution, strip clubs, escort work and pornography), domestic servitude (including working as cleaners, carers or nannies) and forced labour in work such as nail bars and car washes.
Clewer Hidden Voices Training
We will be running the four-part Clewer Hidden Voices Training in February and March 2022. The training aims:-
- To raise awareness in the church and its local community about the presence and impact of modern slavery in our local communities across the UK
- To equip churches and communities to take action in detecting and preventing modern slavery
All of the modules include Biblical reflections and practical tools and activities to help churches work alongside their community. There are also case studies that help people to see how they might already be coming across modern slavery without knowing it
A previous participant said this about the Hidden Voices course:
The Hidden Voices course highlighted the modern slavery happening right here on my doorstep and has been an important part of my journey in understanding more about the issues. I would recommend it.
Participating in Hidden Voices was informative, thought-provoking and fun. The well-facilitated sessions provided time for reflection and discussion, as well as an archive of useful material… This initiative is a great example of faith inspiring concrete action to combat injustice in society.
The Events page for booking is HERE
RESOURCES FROM PREVIOUS EVENTS
Homeless Guests and Modern Slavery
Supporting Homeless Guests who may be trapped in, or being drawn into modern slavery
Lent Appeal 2019 on Modern Slavery
The 2019 Diocese of London Lent Appeal focussed on Modern Slavery. Find talks, the Hidden in Plain Sight course and presentations here.
ANTI-SLAVERY DAY: A STORY OF ART, FREEDOM AND HOPE
On Anti-Slavery day, Jacqueline Douglas, a volunteer from a local church involved in supporting survivors of slavery writes about what she’s learnt from creating art with them.
COULD YOU PRAY FOR ANTI-SLAVERY DAY?
Bishop Sarah leads us in prayer for Anti Slavery Day- a resource for churches to use on Sunday, 17th October.
STOP THE TRAFFIK
Work globally to inspire, inform, equip, and mobilise communities about human trafficking.
ADDITIONAL VIDEO RESOURCES
Hidden in Plain Sight
Stopping Modern Slavery in business
Providing help to women in the sex industry
Stop the Traffik
Modern slavery and night shelters
The slaves next door: How can we stop human trafficking in London and beyond?