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Modern Slavery

More than 200 years after the abolition of the slave trade there are still an estimated 45.3 million men, women and children trapped in Modern Slavery.The estimate of the number of suspected victims of trafficking and modern slavery in Britain has risen tenfold from 13,000 in 2013, to 136,000 in 2018. Last year, there were 5,145 cases reported in the UK – the highest on record – and 41% involved children under 18.

The human cost of modern slavery is enormous, affecting individuals (men, women and children) as well as communities. The Church of England’s Clewer Initiative is a means to help churches and communities detect modern slavery and provide support to its victims.

The Together Network has the contacts and resources to develop practical responses at local level. Working with partners we develop and support projects, and share our experiences and models of best practice with communities which are looking for ways to tackle the issues.

We are trying to encourage all churches in the Devon Diocese and all churches in Plymouth to spare some time to Pray, Reflect and Act with regards to the issue of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking that is happening right now in this beautiful county of Devon. In 2017 within the Devon & Cornwall police area, 22 victims were found, 12 minors, 10 adults. Most of these in labour exploitation, from China, Latvia, Lithuania, Nigeria, Romania, UK, Vietnam.

What can we do?

We are asking all the churches in the Diocese of Exeter and all within Plymouth to come together and spend some time within your worship to Pray for an end to modern slavery. From this to Reflect on how we as Christians can Act to bring an end to this evil within our world.

Your church will have received a postcard with words from Bishop Robert and also a prayer that we asking all to use.

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Some of our partners include:

The Clewer Initiative

Safe Car Wash App



Click here to find out more about the governments work to end modern slavery.

Freedom Walk 2018

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To find out more for our Hidden Voices initiative.

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