Modern Slavery is one of the great evils of our time and it’s happening under our noses.
In nail bars, car washes, farms, factories and restaurants, it is estimated that tens of thousands of people in the UK could be victims.
The term ‘Modern Slavery’ captures a whole range of types of exploitation, many of which occur together. These include but are not limited to:
Other forms of exploitation including organ removal, forced begging, forced benefit fraud, forced marriage and illegal adoption
In short Modern Slavery is where traffickers and slave masters use whatever means they have at their disposal to coerce, deceive and force individuals into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment.
Modern Slavery can affect adults and children, and last year 51% of victims were female and 49% male. 15% of victims were referred for domestic servitude; and there are now more victims exploited for labour than those who had been trafficked for sex.
It affects foreign nationals, but many of those exploited are from the UK and exploited within this country. In 2016 the third largest victim group came from the UK.
Labour & Co-operative councils across England are leading the way with a new Charter to ensure exploitation has no place in council supply chains.
The Co-operative Party's Charter Against Modern slavery goes further than existing law and guidance, committing councils to proactively vetting their own supply chain to ensure no instances of modern slavery are taking place.
Labour & Co-operative councillors in Islington, Waltham Forest, Stevenage, Lambeth and Oxford are the first to sign the new charter. If you're interested in getting your own council signed up too, let us know.
Modern day slavery is a scourge on our society, and together, we will end it.
The co-operative movement, and with it, the Co-operative Party, are taking the lead in tackling this issue. Together, we're working to push it up the agenda, and campaigning to improve support for survivors.
Promoted by Claire McCarthy on behalf of the Co-operative Party, both at 65 St John Street, London EC1M 4AN.
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