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Bristol: Slavery Past and Present

  • Bristol Cathedral Bristol, England, BS1 5TJ United Kingdom (map)

In 2016, at any given time, an estimated 40.3 million people worldwide were in modern slavery, including 24.9 million in forced labour and 15.4 million people in forced marriage.

This equates to 5.4 victims of modern slavery for every 1,000 people in the world. 1 in 4 victims of modern slavery are children.

What are the roots of this international epidemic and how does it relate to or differ from examples of human enslavement from the past? How can we as individuals and communities play our part in tackling these horrific crimes and support survivors?


Join us for an evening of discussion and learning from academics and practitioners.

Our speakers include:

Bishop Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby

Revd Canon Malcolm Rogers, Bishop of Liverpool's Canon for Reconciliation

Dr Alison Gardner, Assistant Professor of Local Governance and Antislavery Policy at the University of Nottingham

Dr Madge Dresser, Honorary Professor of History at the University of Bristol

Rosie Hopley, Chief Executive of Beloved

Metropolitan Nikitas, Metropolitan Bishop of the Metropolis of the Dardanelles


Organised by Bristol Cathedral, the Diocese of Bristol, the Social Justice Network, and The Clewer Initiative

Earlier Event: September 8
Rochester: Modern Slavery Event
Later Event: September 21
Lincoln: Labour exploitation