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1 Life, 1 Voice: Help stop modern slavery

by Michael Ford last modified 10 Sep, 2021 06:29 PM

There are only six weeks to go before the #1Life1Voice Stop Modern Slavery project gets under way in mid-October. Modern Slavery is a huge issue internationally, nationally and within our own Diocese, and takes many forms.

Save the date: 15th October – 25th October.

Issues include:

  • County Lines. When drug gangs from big cities expand their operations to smaller towns, often using violence to drive out local dealers and exploiting children and vulnerable people to sell drugs. These dealers will use dedicated mobile phone lines, known as 'deal lines', to take orders from drug users.
  • Human traffickingThe use of violence, threats or coercion to transport, recruit or harbour people in order to exploit them for purposes such as forced prostitution, labour, criminality, marriage or organ removal.
  • Forced labour. Any work or services people are forced to do against their will under threat of punishment.
  • Debt bondage/bonded labour. The world’s most widespread form of slavery. People trapped in poverty borrow money and are forced to work to pay off the debt, losing control over both their employment conditions and the debt.
  • Descentbased slavery. Most traditional form, where people are treated as property, and their “slave” status was passed down the maternal line.
  • Slavery of children. When a child is exploited for someone else’s gain. This can include child trafficking, child soldiers, child marriage and child domestic slavery.
  • Forced and early marriage. When someone is married against their will and cannot leave. Most child marriages can be considered slavery.

The #1Life1Voice Stop Modern Slavery project is a joint project involving schools, parishes and Salisbury Cathedral. ‘By understanding modern slavery in a community context we can expose it, make sure it's seen and find safe ways of disrupting it’ (The Clewer Initiative).

The project includes a Young Peoples’ Modern Slavery Art Exhibition, national and regional guest speakers, County Lines training for young people Y7 – Y11 and local radio interviews by experts.

Information regarding the guest speakers and the project can be found here.

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