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Modern Slavery
Anti Slavery Day

WHY Anti-Slavery Day?

What can you do to make a difference?

Anti-Slavery Day - on Monday 18th October, 2021 - provided an important opportunity to remember the many victims of modern slavery and join the fight against it…

What do you think when you read that slavery is happening in Plymouth?

We can make all kinds of cultural assumptions, often, we are presented with historical stories of slavery, ones that push the very thought of it into another time or place. Other times, we are shown examples of children and women as victims of sickening abuse, which are so disturbing we distance ourselves from the harsh reality.

We silently tell ourselves, “It isn’t happening here where I live.” As a result, we fail to see what is happening right under our noses, hidden in plain sight. But what do we see when we watch men washing our cars, sleeping in garages, and wearing clothing that barely holds up? What do we see when we know our neighbour has ‘live-in household help’, yet we never see them leave the house?

Modern slavery and human trafficking are not things of the past, they are happening now and are affecting millions of people across the world. It is thought that the buying, selling and exploitation of people is the fastest growing crime in the world today. Long supply chains in today’s globalised economy create spaces of opportunity for traffickers to exploit the most vulnerable. This is compounded by what Pope Francis has called the “globalisation of indifference”, a spiritual problem where we are all so focussed on our own lives that we don’t notice what is happening to vulnerable people in our communities. When campaigning against the Transatlantic Slave Trade was at its height, British people decided to boycott the sugar produced by the slave trade. This resulted in a lowering of economic prosperity, but the conscience of the nation could no longer bear the weight of upholding such an oppressive trade in human lives.

Evil will rear its head in every generation.

We need to act now to stop the trafficking of people.