Tackling Modern-Day Slavery and how you can help

First published on: 22nd February 2018

This Lent the Clewer Initiative is asking you to do something different - they want you to give up slavery.

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.

Together with the Clewer and the Gangmasters and Abuse Authority, we are organising a train-the-trainer event for people in churches across our Diocese who work with people who may be in vulnerable situations. You’ll learn how to recognise the signs of modern slavery and what to do when you spot them.  

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.

To hear about a modern-day experience of slavery view Miriam’s story here

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