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. 


We have been beginning work to tackle modern slavery in Plymouth. Chris Forster, TPT Development Worker, has become an Unseen Ambassador and has been working with the Clewer Intiative. 

Chris has also joined the NGO forum on modern slavery.


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.

Hidden Voices:

What could it look like for churches to join together to raise awareness of modern slavery, protect those who are vulnerable, and welcome the survivors into their communities?

We aim to find out with our Hidden Voices course.

Hidden Voices is an exciting resource which aims to inform and support local communities in taking action on the challenging issue of Modern Slavery within their own communities.

Join us for two days at Buckfast Abbey as Hidden Voices is an exciting resource which aims to inform and support local communities in taking action on the challenging issue of Modern Slavery within their own communities.

Join us for two days at Buckfast Abbey as we explore four key areas: Understanding modern slavery, Prevention, Detection, and Restoring Dignity.

The course includes Biblical reflections and practical tools and activities to help churches work alongside their community to end modern slavery and help support the victims and survivors.

This course is designed for people who want to begin working with the church to end modern slavery in Devon and Cornwall. If you’re not sure if it would be right for you, then to find out more.

Hidden Voices Training

We are holding 2 awareness evenings for all to attend; Tuesday the 7th May in Ivybridge. Also Tuesday the 21 st May in Tiverton.

Two days of focused training at Buckfast Abbey on July the 8th & 9th.

If you would like get more information, or would like to talk to Chris, please contact him using the contact details below.


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