Every Friday we share the latest news on modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK. Keep up to date by following us on twitter (@theclewer) or Facebook, where we will share the article each week, or sign up to our monthly newsletter.
Bishop Alastair Redfern responds to a new report into police practice which suggests that police are "failing to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking because the cases are too difficult and senior officers believe the public lack sympathy for the victims". The Bishop of Derby described the report as a "wake-up call" for police, but also urged the general public to ask questions about suspicious behaviour they might notice. You can read more about cases that went wrong in this report from The Guardian.
The Home Office has announced big changes to the support provided to the victims of modern slavery found in the UK. It includes an extended period of support for confirmed victims - from 14 days to 45 - and additional 'drop-in' support for six months afterwards, designed to help survivors to transition into a normal life. It's worth reading the release in full for more details.
An article by Alison Gardner from the University of Nottingham about the Slavery-free city initiative which is being piloted in Nottingham. A year ago the Nottinghamshire police chief committed to making the city and county slavery-free, and now local businesses, charities, and people have pledged to join in.
Reporting from the Guardian into the case of a labourer in Italy who died after having a heart attack in the field and being denied medical attention. Since the death of Abdullah Muhammed, Italian prosecutor Paola Guglielmi has been looking into workers' conditions on Italy's tomato farms. She describes them as "conditions of absolute exploitation".