The head of the Metropolitan police’s anti-slavery unit has said the number of suspected victims in London is expected to leap by 60% this year, as campaigners warn that people are being left open to repeated abuse because of a failure to protect them. (The Guardian)
When we hear statistics of 60%. When we become aware of traders in our community with prices that are too good to be true. When through a pastoral conversation’s our suspicions are raised.
Something inside says we must respond.
“Slavery is all around us, but we are too blind to see it. The enslaved are next to us in the streets, but we are too ignorant to walk alongside them. It is still a living reality in all of our communities; our sin lies in blindness and ignorance. The tragedy of slavery is that it is a human condition of our own making,” the Archbishop added. “It is driven by human greed and those that would make a profit from excessively cheap labour. Slavery is one of the most profitable international criminal industries. It feeds on human vulnerability. The majority of those who find themselves enslaved come from marginalised and impoverished communities.” (Anglican News)
On the 19th June, Capital Mass is hosting it’s first event on Modern Day Slavery in London with the aim of raising awareness and confidence in our 395 parishes to know what the signs are to look for and when we see the signs what we can do.
The evening will consist of leading experts and activists unpacking issue and enabling all who attend believing that they can make a difference.
Theology of Liberation Fr Simon Cuff
What is a theological foundation for the churches response in tackling Modern Day Slavery?
What is Slavery The Clewer Intiative
Slavery picture in London today DC Pete Lower (Lead on Modern Slavery at Met Police in Kensington & Chelsea.)
Reflections and Learnings from a Church’s response to Slavery Tamar, All Souls Langham Place.
Slavery in our Supply Chain: our consumer responsibilities Helen Dennis, Policy and Advocacy Manager, Fairtrade Foundation