The modern slavery story: the spirit of brotherhood?

Photo by Bella Opacic

Photograph by Bella Opacic

Media stories – like Leighton Buzzard and “modern slavery”  – can sometimes throw up hidden, cruel facts about our society; and start people talking. Talk is good. It’s a start. Media stories can also throw up startling  statistics. Evidence is good.  Here’s two statistics that help build a case for a committed, co-ordinated multi-agency approach to stop modern slavery in the UK.

• 5,000 people are in some form of forced labour in the UK (guess-timate from Anti-Slavery International)

• 1,481 reports were received by the UK Human Trafficking Centre of suspected trafficking in the two years up to end of March 2011.

The statistics sit uncomfortably with Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Right: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

If you want to know more about modern slavery, then this is a useful place to start: a Q and A by BBC Home Affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani.

Please do add a comment. I’d love to hear from you. What do you think?

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