Friday links: What slaves in the UK look like and everyone's getting ready for Anti-Slavery Day

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

Scared, hungry, unkempt: how a slave looks in modern Britain

The Gangmasters Labour Abuse Authority and Crimestoppers have joined together to launch a new awareness raising campaign on modern slavery. They hope it will continue the upward trend in reporting that they have already witnessed; Crimestoppers has received 350 tip-offs on modern slavery cases in the last six months, an increase of 126% on the previous six months. 

The public needs to understand and be aware that modern slavery is happening right now, in and around the communities they live.
— Paul Broadbent, GLAA

One Lens, Countless Stories and The Secret Gardeners

Two anti-slavery charities are using the arts to raise awareness of modern slavery this Anti-Slavery Day. Sheffield-based The Snowdrop Project gave a camera and basic training in photography to nine survivors of human trafficking who were receiving their support. They are exhibiting the results at Bloc Projects in Sheffield from Wednesday 18th till Saturday 21st October. 

ECPAT UK have commissioned an animated film to draw attention to the plight of children who are exploited in cannabis factories. It is based on the real-life experiences of the children ECPAT have worked with. 

World Congress to turn spotlight on ‘forgotten seafarers’

The Catholic Seafarers Charity, the Apostleship of the Sea, are holding their World Congress on 'forgotten seafarers', with a particular spotlight on exploitation and forced labour in shipping. There have been many high profile media investigations into slavery in the shipping industry, but the isolation of those at sea makes it difficult to discover it. The following week we are running a training with the GLAA on modern slavery in the shipping industry in Portsmouth, you can sign up here

The theme of the Congress – ‘Caught in the Net’ - expresses the concern of the Apostleship of the Sea which is not limited to issues of climate change and overfishing, but is especially focused on the human issues, namely fishermen who work in inhumane conditions often ending up in the hands of organised crime, becoming victims of trafficking for forced labour.
— Cardinal Turkson

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