Black British Churches Back Legislation to Outlaw Modern Day Slavery

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Thursday, June 26, 2014.

At a recent meeting in the House of Lords,
representatives of the UK’s African and Caribbean churches committed themselves
to the struggle to expose and outlaw modern forms of slavery.  It is
estimated that between 20-30 million people world-wide are enslaved; more than
at the height of the transatlantic slave trade.  Today’s slave trade is
thought be worth around 40 billion US dollars.  However, Black Christians
in Britain are largely unaware of the extent of it.

Co-convener
of the meeting, Bishop Dr Joe Aldred of the ecumenical agency Churches Together
in England said: “I and people like me from the Caribbean are the descendants
of enslaved Africans.  Surely, of all people, we must now do all we can to
liberate today’s enslaved victims.”  

The UK is a
destination, origin and exporter of modern day enslaved people, which include
children, young people, women and men; from Eastern Europe, Africa, the
Caribbean and Asia.  Among forms of slavery identified were: child
trafficking, sex trafficking, domestic servitude and debt bondage. 
Although the level of public awareness is low, modern day slavery is evident in
such as tending cannabis farms, begging, benefit fraud, petty crime, ATM theft
and domestic servitude.

Cross-bench
Peer Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, co-convenor of the meeting and
joint-chair of the Parliamentary Group on Modern Slavery said: ‘I am so pleased
that we have now forged a partnership with the Black Christian community to
tackle this scourge on humanity.  More than two hundred years after the
passing of the Parliamentary Bill to end the Atlantic Slave Trade it now falls
to us to do the same for Modern Slavery which is the second largest illegal
trade in the world.”

The Churches
congratulate the Government in putting forward a Modern Slavery Bill, but wish
to have a dialogue with Government and members of both Houses of Parliament to
ensure that Parliament passes the best possible Bill which will help to stamp
out the evil of slavery and give appropriate help and support to its victims.

Black British Churches Back Legislation to Outlaw Modern Day Slavery

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