It strikes me as odd to be writing about modern slavery here in the UK in 2017 and yet it is so real.
With Anti-Slavery day this Wednesday 18th this article by the Guardian shines a glimmer of hope on raising awareness.
I am thankful that my firm encourage me to see how we can help tackle this issue. They understand that by joining forces we can make a difference. So, I ask you, are you willing to raise awareness?
There has been a 300% increase in the number of victims of modern slavery referred for support in the past six years. Almost half (48%) of those referred to the government programme were brought to the UK for sexual exploitation, 39% were trafficked for labour exploitation and 13% for domestic servitude, according to figures released by the Salvation Army. The rise in the number of referrals, from 378 in 2011 to 1,554 last year, is a reflection both of the growth in numbers of modern slaves in the UK, but also a reflection of improved identification of victims, the charity said. The service also reported an increase in the number of people trafficked from China, India and Pakistan.