Modern Slavery Helpline 08000 121 700
Modern Slavery is happening here in our city. 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 becoming more of a live issue for parishes in the across the Diocese.
In 2019, Modern Slavery was the focus of the Bishop of London’s Lent Appeal, in partnership with the Clewer Initiative.
Resources from the launch event, and examples of parishes and projects in the Diocese of London’s which are responding to Modern Slavery are detailed below.
Modern Slavery in London ranges from sex trafficking to domestic servitude, to forced labour, nail bars, car washes, particularly those recruited from the street homeless population and newly arrived migrants seeking work.
HOW CAN WE SUPPORT HOMELESS GUESTS WHO MAY BE TRAPPED IN, OR BEING DRAWN INTO MODERN SLAVERY?
HOW CAN WE SUPPORT OUR HOMELESS GUESTS WHO MAY BE TRAPPED IN, OR BEING DRAWN INTO MODERN SLAVERY?
Recruiters for slavery gangs and traffickers ARE targeting homeless winter night shelters, soup runs and day centres for those they can enslave. This is happening in our city. We should all be aware!
Dr Julia Tomas, Anti-Slavery co-ordinator for the homeless charity The Passage, shares wisdom on how Winter Night Shelters can support guests around risks of modern slavery. Julia outlines the risks that those in shelters face from traffickers and how we can help spot the signs, and also how to support guests who may have experienced slavery. https://youtu.be/qSRhkEvjIm4
She also gives information about where to signpost to organisations supporting people, if we suspect someone may be getting drawn into modern slavery. She also references the organisations and authorities working to stop modern slavery in our society.
Her talk was given as part of a wider evening of training and awareness for Winter Night Shelter volunteers, run on 2nd October 2019.
Other talks, focussing on supporting refugees, aslyum seekers and migrants are here: https://www.compassionatecommunitieslondon.org.uk/conversations/winter-night-shelters-supporting-refugees-migrants-and-asylum-seekers-2-10-19
TRIGGER WARNING: This talk briefly mentions suicide, suicidal tendancies & sexual abuse
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Bishop of London Lent Appeal 2019
The 2019 Diocese of London Lent Appeal on Modern Slavery, builds on the work of the Clewer Initiative, part of the national church’s approach to eradicating Modern Slavery which was launched by Archbishop Justin in October 2017.
To know more please see the links below
Lent Appeal Event Plenary Talks 30.01.19
Hidden in Plain Sight
A Theology of Liberation
Modern Slavery in London
The beneficiary charities highlighted through the appeal
Ella’s Home Working with women in London trafficked for Sexual Exploitation
Kalayaan Supporting migrant domestic workers in London who have been subjected to forced labour or have been trafficked to the UK for domestic servitude.
Love 146 Supporting trafficked young people in London
Rise Project of The Children’s Society Support for boys and young men aged 11-17 in London who have been trafficked.
Tamar Working with women in Westminster trafficked for Sexual Exploitation
Winter Night Shelter Training 09/18
The following talk and links are resources from a Compassionate Communities Winter Night Shelter Gathering.
Winter Night Shelters Supporting Destitute Migrants
Documents and Links from Bethan’s talk
Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants – Legal Advice helpline for undocumented migrants LINK
Praxis – Support for Migrants at risk LINK
Routes Home – Support for non UK Nationals sleeping rough in London LINK
Supporting European Nationals
Written resources for supporting homeless EEA nationals LINK
Eastern European Resource Centre - Advice LINK
The Aire Centre – Advice for EEA Nationals LINK
BARKA UK -support to Eastern European Nationals who are rough sleeping. LINK
Westminster Citizens Advice Bureau - project for EEA Nationals LINK
Modern Slavery in London Gathering 19.06.18
On the 19th June 2018 Compassionate Communities hosted an event titled Modern Slavery in London. We are grateful to the below speakers for there time and wisdom as together we seek to tackle modern slavery in London. We hope that the talks both help to inform you further and inspire you to action.
Modern Slavery and Night Shelters
Hidden in plain sight
Stopping Modern Slavery in business
Providing hope to women in the sex industry
Stop the Traffik