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Modern Day Slavery

In 2019, the Diocese of London ran a Lent Appeal focussing on Modern Day Slavery and its effects on life in London. This was to build on the work of the Clewer Initiative, part of the national church’s approach to eradicating modern day slavery which was launched by Archbishop Justin in October 2017.  The campaign called 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.

As Bishop Sarah explained

There are at least 40 million victims of modern day slavery in the world today, and tens of thousands in the UK.  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 forced into domestic servitude, forced labour or sexual exploitation in plain sight of Londoners, and 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.  Whether it be a woman or girl trafficked to work in the illegal sex trade, a man forced to work on a construction site or a child married against their will, none are free.

Micah tells us that “he has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”  This may be the best-known passage from the book of Micah – it is full of words and phrases that occur throughout scripture: justice, love, kindness, a walk with God.  We should bear this in mind, that life can be safely travelled only if it is made “with God.”

Supported Charities

Hidden in plain sight

Working with the Clewer Initiative and our partner charities, we believe that the tools to end modern slavery already exist within the local community and that the Church, in the heart of all communities, has a primary responsibility in leading these efforts. To develop strategies to detect modern slavery in our communities we can identify resources, developing partnerships with others, and creating a wider network of advocates seeking to end modern slavery together.

Learn how to spot the signs of modern slavery, what to do if you encounter it and how you can report it.

What does modern slavery look like?

Victims of modern slavery can be of any age, race, or gender. There is no ‘typical’ victim. However, there are physical and behavioural indicators that may mean someone is being exploited.

Appearance

  • Show signs of physical or psychological abuse and untreated injuries
  • Look malnourished or unkempt, or appear withdrawn and neglected
  • Seem under the control or influence of others
  • Wear the same clothes every day
  • Wear no safety equipment even if their work requires it

Accommodation

  • Living in dirty, cramped or overcrowded accommodation
  • Living and working at the same address
  • Appear unfamiliar with their neighbourhood or where they work

Travel

  • Rarely allowed to travel on their own
  • Collected and dropped off on a regular basis early in the morning or late at night
  • In a crowded minibus with other workers
  • Have no control of their identification documents such as their passport

Seeking help

  • Reluctant to seek help and avoid eye contact
  • Appear frightened or hesitant to talk to strangers
  • Fear of police, don’t know who to trust or where to get help
  • Afraid of deportation, and risk of violence to them or their family

What to do

If you spot the signs or are worried that someone might be trapped in modern slavery, it is important that you report any suspicions of modern slavery to the police, as with other crimes. Do not attempt to intervene yourself, as you may put yourself and those around you – including the potential victim – in danger.

Who to contact

If there is an emergency and someone is in immediate danger, call 999.

If you would like to report any non-emergency suspicious activity in your local area then call your local police on 101 or go to your local police station.

If you need advice or support on a modern slavery issue then you can call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700. It operates 24 hour a day, 365 days a year. You can also seek guidance or ask questions through their website.

The Clewer Initiative has a individual web page specifically for helping people report their suspicions of modern slavery. It’s designed as a quick reference page for smartphones and can be saved to your phone’s home screen for fast access. Find out more on the Clewer Initiative website.

What to do

If you spot the signs or are worried that someone might be trapped in modern slavery, it is important that you report any suspicions of modern slavery to the police, as with other crimes. Do not attempt to intervene yourself, as you may put yourself and those around you – including the potential victim – in danger.

Who to contact

If there is an emergency and someone is in immediate danger, call 999.

If you would like to report any non-emergency suspicious activity in your local area then call your local police on 101 or go to your local police station.

If you need advice or support on a modern slavery issue then you can call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700. It operates 24 hour a day, 365 days a year. You can also seek guidance or ask questions through their website.

The Clewer Initiative has a individual web page specifically for helping people report their suspicions of modern slavery. It’s designed as a quick reference page for smartphones and can be saved to your phone’s home screen for fast access.

Find out more on the Clewer Initiative website.

A Church of England Project

The Clewer Initiative enables Church of England dioceses, like the Diocese of London and wider church networks to develop strategies for detecting modern slavery in their communities and help provide victim support and care.

We have been working with this initiative to highlight modern day slavery and how people in parishes and worshipping communities can spot the signs that it might be happening where they live, and what they can do to stop this and help the victims.

Angela Afzal is the Clewer Initiative link at the Diocese of London, and you can email her for more information.

Safe Car Wash

Modern slavery is hidden in plain sight on our high streets. People are being forced to work long hours, for little or no pay, and under threat of violence in hand car washes.

Many hand car washes are legitimate businesses, but some of them are not. Police raids in hand car washes in towns and cities up and down the country have unearthed victims living in horrendous conditions.

The Problem

Although law enforcement and the government are clear that this problem exists, there is no reliable data on just how widespread it is. This lack of information means that victims could be falling through the net.

The Clewer team worked with the police, the National Crime Agency and the Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority about how it can work together with help them solve this and bring these hidden victims into the light.

The Safe Car Wash app

The Safe Car Wash app is a new tool that will enable the largest community intelligence gathering exercise ever attempted in the United Kingdom.

Download the free app onto your smartphone. When you are using a hand car wash, simply open the app and complete a short survey about the working conditions of the car wash.

Safe Car Wash - screen promo

 

Various resources and links are available for download on our website and there is a vast wealth of information on the Clewer Initiative website.

Get your parishes to donate to our appeal

  • Cheques made out to the LONDON DIOCESAN FUND with Lent 2019 noted on the back can be sent to:

Lent Appeal 2019

London Diocesan House,

36 Causton Street,

London

SW1P 4AU

 


Once the cost of producing this Lent Appeal have been met, a donation of 10% of the total collected (upto £5,000) will be made to Capital Mass. The rest of the money received by the London Diocesan Fund for the Lent Appeal will be split equally between the 5 partner charities used towards their work supporting people who are trapped by Modern Day Slavery.

Any donations received after the Appeal has been closed will be allocated to future LDF Lent Appeal beneficiary charities.

Presentations and speakers notes

Presentations including the Lent Appeal prayer, bible verses, and feature presentation to use in services or meetings. Download them below (in new tab)

Readings and articles

Editable formats of readings and articles for use in your church. These links contain Bible readings, and prayers in visual or written format. There is an article for your parish to use in pewsheets or magazine, and there is comprehensive information for parish treasurers.

The notes are provided for those using the PowerPoint presentations. They include more detailed information than that provided for the church magazine and pew sheets and so are provided here as an additional resource.

Download posters and simple A5 flyers for your parish or worship space

Print three posters for noticeboards, or use them individually. Or hand out the double sided flyer.

A simple double A5 flyer (two to an A4 page), can be downloaded, and photocopied. Also, posters can also be downloaded singularly, or as a pack. A limited amount are also available on request by email.

Supporting organisation or charityProjectAbout
TamarTamar WestminsterTamar was founded in 2013 from within All Souls Church, Langham Place, after a neighbouring London based charity approached the church to help with sex industry outreach in Westminster. A small volunteer team assembled to reach out to those who had been sex-trafficked, and the Tamar team was born. Contact The Tamar Team.
Ella’s Home Support and long term careElla's Home provides independent long-term aftercare for women who have experienced abuse through trafficking and sexual exploitation, and they support to women across London and beyond as they work through the trauma of their experiences. Each woman works with a caseworker to navigate the complexities of recovery, providing access to essential services so they can continue to live in freedom. Contact Minke and Ellas Home.
KalayaanPractical advice and supportKalayaan is a small London based charity which works to provide practical advice and support to, as well as campaign with and for, the rights of migrant domestic workers in the UK. Contact Rita and the Kalayaan Team.
Love 146International Trafficking CharityWorking to prevent child trafficking & exploitation, care for survivors and empower a growing movement. Contact the Love 146 team.
The Rise ProjectSpecialist ProjectFor boys and young men in London, aged 11 to 17 who have been trafficked into the UK or are at risk of being trafficked. Contact The Rise Project (A Children's Society Project).
Capital MassSpecialist diocesan and CofE CharityCapital Mass aims to engage and support every parish in the Diocese of London in tackling poverty and inequality. Contact Angela at Capital Mass.

All do equally incredible work, and we are asking parishes to prayerfully consider how they can continue to support this issue that affects all of London.

Further Information

For films, extra knowledge and groups offering translations about Modern Day Slavery, see the list below.

NB.This is not an expansive list, and is liable to change. 

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