On the 9th July 2019, the government announced the launch of a £10 million modern slavery research centre. The ‘Policy and Evidence Centre for Modern Slavery and Human Rights’ should aid efforts to tackle modern slavery and expose the true scale of modern slavery and trafficking networks in the UK.
This comes in the wake of the Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act and the governments response to it. The Independent Review listed recommendations to improve the effectiveness of the 2015 Act. It’s main focus was on four different topics: transparency in supply chains, the role of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, the Act’s legal application, and the safeguarding of child victims of Modern Slavery. View the full report here.
This research centre is a step in the right direction and shows the UK’s growing commitment to tackling modern slavery and making sure that we are adequately informed and equipped to put an end to this dehumanising crime.
This has the potential to shut down large trafficking networks, improve transparency in supply chains and prompt compliance with legislation. A key aspect of this fight against modern slavery is information gathering. With the right information and action as a results of this information, we can end modern slavery. This centre will bring together knowledge and expertise from NGOs, policy makers, businesses, lawyers and victims. With everyone’s combined effort and the drive to implement all that we learn and gather, we can gradually move towards a future where all are free.
Check out the links below for more reading on the independent review and the new research centre.
The launch of a new modern slavery research centre.
Collection of documents on the Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
The government response to the Independent Review.
Consultation on improving Transparency in Supply Chains.
The idea for this website and blog came to life in August on the DLR to Bank. On my way to my internship, I met a friend of my brother’s who worked in the same building I would be working in. We talked about career goals and aspirations. I told him how I wanted to specialise in Business and Human rights (modern slavery/human trafficking) once I qualify as a barrister. We also spoke about the opportunities that are out there and how it can be hard sometimes to secure the opportunities you want. Having applied to lots of jobs since my graduation in July and emailing various people to gain experience from them but hearing nothing back, I couldn’t agree with this more.
However, he reminded me that sometimes you have to create your own opportunities, build a space for what you want and invest time into it. He said something that stuck with me – ‘you always have something to give’. And he was right. Regardless of the qualifications you have, how far you are on your journey to where you want to be or the tools you have been given to make a change with, you always have something to give. So this is my something. I am committed to shedding a light on human trafficking and modern slavery. My hope is for it to be eradicated, for those victims who are treated as slaves to have the freedom they desire and I want others to be aware of this fight. So I have created a space where I can share this passion and hopefully encourage others to join the fight against human trafficking and modern slavery. It is prevalent in most industries such as food, fashion and technology. We use products every day that are tainted with this crime so it is a fight that affects us all.
This will be a space where you can find all things related to modern slavery – general information, articles on current issues, updates on the law, poetry, and in the future, films. I realised that not enough people know about the scale of modern slavery and all its forms, from human trafficking to forced labour to sexual exploitation and organ trafficking among others. I would be doing an injustice to all those held in slavery if I didn’t use my voice and the tools I have to publicise this crime and help to bring change.
I am hoping that this is the start of something great. I am hopeful that this platform will at least inform others about modern slavery and what we can all do to help. The first is talking about it. The more we talk about it, the more people will know about it. The more people know about it, the more attainable effective change is and I truly believe this change can happen.
So welcome to World Without Traffick! The blog will be fully up and running from January 2018 so look out for more posts in the new year and join the fight.
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