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This week a new estimate of those living in modern slavery globally was announced: 40 million. The figure was arrived at by Walk Free Foundation, the International Labour Organisation and the International Organisation for Migration - it's the first time they have worked together to create an estimate. Significantly, this is the first time forced marriage has been included in the total, here's an article from Fiona David, the Executive Director of Global Research at the Walk Free Foundation explaining why. You can read the full report at the Alliance 8.7 website.
Some people question whether numbers actually help anything when it comes to fighting slavery. Thomson Reuters have collated a whole bunch of views from experts in the field on why they think numbers make a real difference.
The PM gave an interview to the Evening Standard (whose new campaign we mentioned last week) where she encouraged the UK public to play a part in spotting the victims of slavery. She spoke about the role of faith in her crusade against modern slavery, and about conversations with Archbishop Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols which had informed her thinking on the issue. At the UN in New York, she also announced that the UK will be doubling their aid spending on modern slavery to help combat the problem globally.
The Modern Slavery Helpline announced this week that they have taken 3000 calls in their first year, and they think they have identified 4000 potential victims of modern slavery. Justine Currell, who worked on the Modern Slavery Act and now runs the helpline, said the calls they received had led to about 1,000 referrals to police.
We often hear that we need to work together if we want to solve modern slavery - which is completely true! But working with different agencies can present challenges, particularly if you are a clergy member. We asked a parish priest how they tackle the conflicting priorities and misunderstandings they encounter in their outreach to sex workers.