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/ 6 March 2019

Modern Day Slavery – Hidden in Plain Sight

Just a quick reminder that the focus for Lent Appeal is Modern Day Slavery (MDS).  This year we will be supporting five partner charities from across the Diocese that are already working with those who are, or have been, trapped by MDS. Full details of the charities can be found here.

Capital Mass have been selected as the delivery partner for the appeal to assist parishes that want to know more about this challenging issue.

As The Bishop of London, the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, explains:

“In one of the wealthiest countries in the world, in a capital city heralded for its history and culture, modern slavery is thriving.  Thousands are trapped by domestic servitude, forced labour or sexual exploitation, all in plain sight of Londoners. Many more are at risk of falling through the cracks, hidden from the view of the authorities, charities and the church.  Behind those statistics there are real people.

“This year’s Lent Appeal will build on the work of The Clewer Initiative, part of the national church’s approach to eradicating modern day slavery which was launched by the Archbishop Justin in October 2017.  It rightly calls for a community wide response to modern slavery – developing partnerships between the Church, statutory and non-statutory agencies to create a network of advocates seeking to end Modern Day Slavery.

“From today until the end of Lent we will be encouraging parishes to increase awareness of modern day slavery, equipping people with the skills to spot the signs and take action so that it can no longer be hidden in plain sight. The Lent Appeal page on the Diocesan web site provides the information, advice and guidance needed to help us do this.

“I believe that by working together to reveal these injustices and end Modern Day Slavery, we can reveal the Kingdom of God in London.”

Above is a short film introducing the Lent Appeal, with comments from some of our partner charities and an interview with a survivor of MDS, Garry Martinez, a Support Worker, who experienced Modern Day Slavery as a younger man. We also hear from some volunteers of our partner charities, who tell us about their work and how it helps challenge MDS across London.

Thank you in advance for your support of the 2019 Lent Appeal.

Together we can learn how to ‘Spot the Signs’ and know how to take action when ‘Something(‘s) not right’ to make sure that Modern Day Slavery is no longer ‘Hidden in plain sight’.


Filipino Garry Martinez, a support worker who also has experienced Modern Day Slavery
Filipino Garry Martinez, a support worker who also has experienced Modern Day Slavery

About Carol Ward

Carol Ward is the Parish Fundraising Manager for the Diocese of London, and has a wealth of experience across many sectors for parishes to call on. She is married to Andy. Together, they have three children, two grandchildren, and a dog called Jack.

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