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), where we will tweet out the article each week.
A difficult watch from Channel 4, reporting on migrants and refugees attempting to get to Europe, as well as lone child refugees already in Europe who, the Human Trafficking Foundation says, are being failed by the British government. ITV has further coverage of the report from the Human Trafficking Foundation, which claims that 'Ministers have done "as little as legally possible" to help unaccompanied children who have fled war and conflict'.
12 months on from the initial discovery that traffickers were using holiday lets as 'pop-up brothels' in Cornwall, Cornwall Live reports that police are still finding more cases. There were 13 found between September 2016 and January 2017, and four more between April and June this year. Inspector Dave Meredith asked that the public 'keep their eyes open. Especially if there are frequently people, especially males, coming or going, or if they have got any concerns about what could be going on'. Meanwhile in High Wycombe, four people were arrested for modern slavery and money laundering.
In the House of Lords this week the Bishop of Chelmsford raised the importance of including Church networks in tackling modern slavery, particularly when it comes to caring for the victims. He gave a mention to both The Clewer Initiative and the Catholic based Santa Marta Group. Read his full question and the response from Baroness Evans of Bowes Park here.
The Church Times highlights a new report from Churches Together in England, released in collaboration with the Cambridge Centre for Applied Research in Human Trafficking. Titled Behind Closed Doors, it asks whether Pentecostal churches could be doing more to respond to sexual abuse and to identify victims of trafficking who might be worshipping in their churches.