“The scale of modern slavery and human trafficking is increasing steadily and the threat is growing.”

National Crime Agency

Modern Slavery and Covid-19


The risk to victims of being unable to social distance is obvious, but the call for everybody to stay at home means the warning signs are more likely to go unseen.

Fewer of us are out and about and able to spot the signs and report suspicious activity.

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The COVID-19 pandemic means new dangers are facing those kept in slavery and servitude and could have serious impacts on modern slavery in the UK via The Clewer Initiative
Modern Slavery Covid 19
MODERN SLAVERY AND COVID 19: What to look out for and how to get help via Home Office

Some somber facts:

  • There are over 40 million people across the world trapped in modern slavery.
  • It is the fastest growing illicit trade worldwide, second only to drugs in size at $150 billion a year.
  • The international organised criminal groups who prosper are highly sophisticated, ruthless and too often thriving in a vacuum.

Source: Justice and Care

Modern slavery in the UK

"Modern slavery in the UK can take many forms, including forced sexual exploitation, domestic slavery or forced labour on farms, in construction, shops, bars, nail bars, car washes or manufacturing.

Forced labour is the most common form of slavery in the UK, fueled by a drive for cheap products and services, with little regard for the people behind them.

A growing form of slavery is trafficking into crime. In the UK, it’s fuelled by the trafficking of primarily British children, forced into ‘county lines’ drug trafficking and trafficking of Vietnamese nationals forced to work in cannabis production."

Source: www.antislavery.org/slavery-today/slavery-uk/

Modern Slavery Locally

Modern Slavery is an increasing issue across the Black Country, Staffordshire and northern Shropshire.

We're working with partners to highlight this problem and tackle it.

Partnerships

  • TCT are the main link between Lichfield Diocese and the Clewer Initiative, the Church of England's response to Modern Slavery.
  • We currently Chair the Wolverhampton and Walsall Anti-Slavery Partnership (WASP)
  • We are also delighted to be partnering with Lichfield Diocese Mothers Union
  • We're also working with the National Lottery Community Fund to build on existing partnerships in the Black country

Click on the buttons below for more information:

Modern Slavery & Faith

  • We work with churches and other faith groups to see how their scriptures point to action on Modern Slavery.
  • This includes preaching at local churches and training up faith leaders and faith group members.
  • We have also produced a series of videos called 'Hidden in Plain Sight' which allows Christians to explore issues of Modern Slavery and justice.

Podcasts

We are also using podcasts to raise awareness to a wide audience.

Raising awareness

After careful listening to those directly involved in some of the issues we face today in our communities, TCT partners with others on key campaigns which raise awareness and magnify their grassroots voices we are hearing.

Training

  • We provide training and support to Churches, charities and other organisations to recognise and report concerns about modern slavery and safeguard potential victims.
  • by the end of 2019, we had interacted with more than 1,400 people to raise awareness of this evil crime.
  • We provide a wide range of talks, training sessions and sermons, which are tailored to each organisation, church or faith group.

Want to find out more? Watch the video and use the button below to book.

Want to train all of your volunteers / staff? Please see our flyers for more information:

Safe Car Wash app

  • Working closely with colleagues at the Diocese of Lichfield, we have been heavily involved in promoting the Clewer Safe Car Wash app.
  • In Lichfield Diocese, in the first three months after launch, there were over 100 reports through the Safe Car Wash app. They have been shared with local police, to add to their intelligence picture as they tackle modern slavery in the region.
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It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Galations 5:1 ‭NIV‬