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.
Buzzfeed investigates trafficking gangs preying on homeless people. Through the course of the investigation they identify trafficking 'hot spots' in the UK, hear the stories of several survivors who were targeted because of their homelessness, and see whether police forces are keeping track of how big the problem has grown.
'Pop-up brothels' hit the news earlier in the year when the Bishop of Derby, and Chair of The Clewer Initiative, Bishop Alastair Redfern, spoke to the Derby Telegraph about the pernicious nature of the problem. Now Airbnb are pledging to put in place safeguards to make sure that the properties hosted on their service are not used as brothels. They will be asking for help from an anti-trafficking charity to train employees as well as working with the police to identify signs of slavery.
Two major operations into modern slavery this week: five people were arrested as part of a joint operation in Derby and Latvia, while in East London one man was arrested and ten people were taken to a reception centre, including two teenage boys. In East London officers raided five residential properties - in one they found 23 people living there, including six women and two young children. Police in Latvia found a man living in a shack in the back garden of one of the houses they raided.
Our #GiveUpSlavery challenge continues this week on the theme of modern slavery in agriculture. 'You are what you eat' asks us how we decide where to buy our food from, and whether we consider how ethically produced it is. Unfortunately there's no perfect way of knowing whether the food we're eating is ethical (unless we've grown it ourselves!), but showing large retailers that we care about their ethics, and raising awareness of the issue can only help.