More than 200 years after the abolition of the slave trade there are still an estimated 40.3 million men, women and children trapped in modern slavery, and up to 136,000 potential victims in the UK alone.
As a Diocese we are working in partnership with The Clewer Initiative and the Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority, who are resourcing us to raise awareness of modern slavery and helping us to develop strategies to detect modern slavery in our communities and help provide victim support and care.
How we are working on this issue
We have teams of anti-slavery volunteers in each archdeaconry who can deliver training and awareness-raising events.
In this short film, one of our anti-slavery volunteers explains why she has been motivated to make a stand against modern slavery.
Please contact the team to arrange a visit to your church, school or community group. The Diocese is also working closely with local police and other organisations to do everything we can to support the fight against modern slavery in the local area.
How you can get involved
Magali van der Merwe
Lead Community Engagement Adviser
Community Engagement and Social Action Adviser