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.
A few different stories from Derbyshire this week, first a trafficker is jailed for 45 months for enslaving five men and forcing them to work for him for as little as 35p an hour. The BBC has a quote from one of the victims who said there was 'nothing he could do'. The Derby Telegraph has an interview with the paramedic who found the victim and guessed something out of the ordinary was going on. She persuaded the police to not take him back to his home address, and instead to find an interpreter and get the whole story. Also in the Derby Telegraph, Chief Superintendent Jim Allen talks about violent crime spilling onto the streets because of the prevalence of modern slavery in the area.
A few months ago we held a training on modern slavery in the shipping industry. From the agencies who attended we heard about the complexity of both finding the victims, and getting them to a place of safety. It was heartening this week to hear of the rescue of nine people from a trawler. It is alleged that they worked unlimited hours with little time off for £850-950 a month.
Each year Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) creates a resource for a week of prayer for Christian Unity, which typically takes place in January. This year's resource, That All May Be Free, is about slavery and has been written by churches in the Caribbean. It is informed by the history of slavery on the islands as well as modern slavery around the world. It includes daily devotions and an order of service. You can order or download the resource here.
On Thursday 14th December Radio 4's Today programme was broadcast live from Lambeth Palace. During the show Archbishop Justin Welby interviewed Miriam, the survivor of modern slavery who features in our film 'We See You', and Bishop Alastair Redfern, the chair of The Clewer Initiative. They talk about Miriam's story, and about why modern slavery has become so prevalent in the UK, and what we can do about it. Listen to the interview here, we're on 1 hour and 20 minutes in, or on Soundcloud here.