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 Jewish Human Rights charity René Cassin are encouraging Jewish communities to commemorate World Human Rights Day (10th December) by using their resource pack on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in their Shabbat. The pack combines information about modern slavery, sermon notes, case studies, children's resources and a 12-month Anti-Slavery Supporter Calendar with actions to take throughout the year. You can download the pack here, and read an article about it by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis here.
For the first time in the UK, two men have been convicted of human trafficking for drugs-related offences. The men ran a 'county line', a drug network that in its typical form will begin in London and reach out into county or coastal towns. They often involve exploiting young and vulnerable people, in this case a 19 year old woman who was recruited via social media, lured into a car, driven to Swansea and then forced to look after drugs for five days.
Reuters reports that arrests for online child sex abuse have 'stoked fears about the growing online exploitation and trafficking of children in Britain'. Although none of these arrests were in connection with trafficking, anti-trafficking groups are alarmed by the expansion of online abuse as the two crimes are often connected, with many children being trafficked before they are exploited.
In case you missed it, last week we released a video aimed at people volunteering in homeless shelters over the winter months. Many homeless people are at risk of modern slavery because of their vulnerability, so please do share the video if you know of anyone running or volunteering in a shelter.