Modern Slavery


This post is linked to the one on Human Rights.

We will investigate together the issue of Modern Slavery and we will deal with some aspects of it (i.e. human trafficking: domestic labour, sex trafficking, child labour).


The UK is a country that I visit every year and I did not know that slavery is a hidden shame there too.  Victims can be men, women and children of all ages, and cut across the population. But they are most often the most vulnerable in society.


This short film, produced by the Home Office in addition to its evocative TV advert, tells you how to spot potential victims of slavery in Britain.


The most prominent areas of modern slavery include forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude – the latter perhaps being the most hidden of all the crimes.  The majority of cases have been people who have been trafficked from overseas and across state borders into the UK, although there are a number of victims who are trafficked within the UK.  Watch the trailer of the film I am Slave, based on a true story.

Click here for cases of modern slavery in the UK.  Read the cases of Fredek, Serena and Albert and become the ambassador of one of them.  How would you sensitise people to make them realise that a modern slave could be just round the corner or living in the same block?

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2 Responses to Modern Slavery

  1. Veronica Moro says:

    I was so impressed watching this video. Lisa is obviously a great woman. She is the realization of our “if only I had time”. I felt really sorry for all those poor kids, men and women. I think that it’s right to understand how big the problem of exploitation is but I found such a moralism in me which resides in a lot of people, we always say that this is really bad, instead of doing something for changing the things around us, for stopping what is happening all over the world. I think that we all must get up, the society is trying to cheat us, the society is growing us and making us think that that is normal, necessary and even pretending that it does not touch us, our city, our country….our world… It’s the 21st century and nothing has changed. This has been happening for centuries: colonialism, imperialism, slavery, genocides, looting. This is not about one man, this is about structural racism in a a country built on black slavery. THIS IS HAPPENING, as Gilbert Feliciano said “slavery is not a thing of the past!”

  2. Ilaria Canton says:

    If I should sensitise people to make them realise that a modern slave could be just round the corner or living in the same block I would hang hoardings in common places, for example in a station or in a bus stop, where everybody can see them. In my opinion the hoardings should have a big moral impact, so that people stop in front of them and take a minute to think about it. We live in contact with various cultures every day, we all have a friend or even a parent which comes from another country and has another culture. This variety of culture in our lands make us take for granted that we are all free. It’s not like that, on the contrary there are a lot of cases of modern slavery and we, who are free, don’t know that or we underestimate the situation. Another good idea could be broadcasting shorts films or about this argument on TV or Internet. We all use internet daily, yet we are not informed about this cruelty, which is around us. Generally I would use multimedia and means which are accessible to everybody.

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