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.
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is widely considered to be a seminal piece of legislation. In the UK it extended prison sentences for those convicted of modern slavery, gave the police new powers, and put pressure on large businesses to take responsibility for their supply chains. It was reported this week that the Queen has suggested that other nations in the Commonwealth create their own Act.
After reporting on comments from Bernard Hogan Howe, former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, that slavery is present in many hand car washes, the Independent decided to do their own investigation into car washes in London. They found many of the signs of exploitation in the car washes they visited. Why not join us for our training on how to spot slavery in car washes on Monday 23rd October?
The Independent reported that while cases of human trafficking have increased, conviction rates seem to be going down. Victims are often afraid to give evidence against their abusers, fearing reprisals against themselves or family. Reassurances by the government that they will be kept safe fall on deaf ears as many victims come with a mistrust of authority borne of experience in their home country.
Sunday 15th October is Freedom Sunday, an ecumenical day of worship and action against modern slavery and human trafficking. You can get the pack from our resources page, if you're not able to include anything in this week's service, don't worry! The resources are applicable any Sunday of the year. This Wednesday is also Anti-Slavery Day, so there are lots of events going on around the country. We are holding a launch event for The Clewer Initiative on Tuesday, and on Wednesday we will be in Wells to hold three events in Wells Cathedral. Keep up with what we're doing on twitter!