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Widespread reporting this week about raids conducted in Teesside and South Yorkshire. More than 150 police officers were involved, and nine men were arrested as a result. The Cleveland Police said the force received intelligence that young women were being trafficked within the Cleveland force area over a number of months. ITV and the BBC both reported the story.
At an ongoing trial in Glasgow an alleged victim of modern slavery is giving evidence of his exploitation. His heartbreaking testimony includes how he was offered work as a homeless teenager in the 90s, but he was paid little to nothing, 'sold' to another man, and beaten when he tried to escape.
Rory Carnegie, an award-winning photographer, was commissioned by the National Crime Agency to create an exhibition of photographs of modern slavery. The resulting photographs are now touring the country in an exhibition called Invisible People. The National Crime Agency are releasing each destination on their twitter account, but they have announced that they will definitely be taking in Bristol, Belfast, Cardiff, Lincoln, and London. The NCA have also been in the news after their director Will Kerr suggested that our eagerness to pay less for our goods and services, is at the expense of those in exploitation, who as a result are forgotten.
An interesting study from Ohio State University suggests that even when people are told that the goods they are buying were made unethically, they do not factor that into their decisions, not because they don't care, but because they forget. The research team suggests this is because revelations of unethical behaviour, and how we might be furthering it with our purchases, make us uncomfortable, so we willingly forget them.