Obviously, you are not willingly supporting slavery. No one wants to live in a world where the goods we buy are made by slaves. Estimates suggest that 40.3 million people across the world are living in slavery – that’s men, women and children.
The latest Home Office estimate says that 13,000 of them are living in the UK, but anecdotal evidence from the police and other law enforcement agencies suggests the true figure is much higher.
Slavery is an illegal business - the world’s second most profitable after drug trafficking, but the goods that slaves make or the services they provide can be found on our high streets.
You can also join with the Clewer Initiative in choosing to #GiveUpSlavery this Lent. Over the course of Lent, each week you’ll be introduced to one industry that is touched by slavery. There’s a story to read and a simple action to take in response. You can then take it further with a second action that will help you to dig even deeper into the issue.