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.
Reports this week that three people - one man and two women - have been jailed after being convicted under the Modern Slavery Act. Their victims were Vietnamese girls, trafficked from Vietnam to the UK and forced to work 60-hour weeks for little pay. After the girls were rescued and put into foster care they went missing, and were later found in Staffordshire, again working under conditions of exploitation in a nail bar.
Are you watching the latest BBC drama McMafia? Taking in the Russian mob, counterfeit goods, and international crime from London to Mumbai, the programme also touches on sex trafficking. A young Russian woman arrives in Egypt to work as a beautician but quickly realises that she has been lied to - the premise is familiar to anyone who works with survivors of human trafficking, whether in Egypt or England. Watch a video from the BBC about human trafficking, or catch up with the series so far on iPlayer.
Over the holidays you might have missed this interview with Bishop Alastair Redfern, the Lord Bishop of Derby and chair of The Clewer Initiative. In the interview he speaks about the increase in pop-up brothels over the holiday period, with holiday lets in rural areas being used to house sex workers who have often been trafficked.
'Grotesque' - MP slams decision to kick out teenage Shildon asylum seeker forced to work as slave on cannabis farm
A 19 year old Vietnamese man who was found to be a victim of modern slavery has been refused asylum. 'Stephen' lives in the North East, and at the age of 16 was fostered by Reverend David Tomlinson, the vicar at St John's Church in Shildon, and his wife Davina, where he finished his education and applied for asylum. After being refused, his community are now rallying round to support him, with the local MP Helen Goodman, and the Bishop of Durham both lending their voices.
In the latest of our series of interviews with our project leads in different dioceses we spoke to Revd Christel Erving who is the Diocese of Liverpool’s Anti-Trafficking Project Coordinator. Read more about what she has planned for the Diocese in her interview on our blog.
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