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.

Latest Events

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.

Mary White, Latymer Community Church

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

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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.

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Modern Slavery in London Gathering

In 2018 Compassionate Communities hosted an event titled Modern Slavery in London. Find the talks and presentations here.

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RECENT BLOGS

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.

PARTNER ORGANISATIONS

CLEWER

Enables dioceses and wider church networks to develop strategies for detecting modern slavery in their communities and help provide victim support and care.

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HESTIA

Safe houses, advocacy and support for victims of modern slavery.

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PRAXIS

Support for migrants at risk.

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ELLA’S HOME

Working with women in London trafficked for sexual exploitation.

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KALAYAAN

Supporting migrant domestic workers in London who have been subjected to forced labour or have been trafficked to the UK for domestic servitude.

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LOVE 146

Supporting trafficked young people in London.

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RISE PROJECT

Project of The Children’s Society Support for boys and young men aged 11-17 in London who have been trafficked.

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TAMAR

Working with women in Westminster trafficked for sexual exploitation.

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BEYOND THE STREETS

Working on behalf of women who are experiencing sexual exploitation.

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CARITAS BAKHITA HOUSE

Provide women escaping human trafficking with safety and support.

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STOP THE TRAFFIK

Work globally to inspire, inform, equip, and mobilise communities about human trafficking.

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UNSEEN

Run the UK Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline and provide safehouses and support in the community for survivors of trafficking and modern slavery.

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SANTA MARTA GROUP

Faith alliance working to eradicate human trafficking and modern day slavery.

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ADDITIONAL READING

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?