ILO launches campaign to end modern slavery and bring labour laws up to date


The International Labour Organisation on Tuesday launched a campaign aimed at mobilising people around the world to lobby their governments to end modern-day slavery.

The 50 for Freedom campaign, organised in partnership with the International Organisation of Employers and the International Trade Union Confederation, is calling on governments to ratify the forced labour protocol.

The campaign is called 50 for Freedom because it hopes to persuade at least 50 countries to sign up to the protocol, which is an attempt to bring legislation on forced labour and trafficking up to date. The previous convention dates from 1930.

Read more … The Guardian

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Stop jailing trafficking victims for crimes they were forced to commit, warns anti-slavery tsar


  • Up to 13,000 people in Britain forced to work as slaves, Home Office says 
  • But only 2,340 potential victims were referred to the support organisation 
  • Kevin Hyland, anti-slavery commissioner, says victims must be identified
  • Believes they don’t come forward as they fear prosecution by authorities

Victims of modern-day slavery in Britain continue to be jailed after being forced to commit crimes, the anti-slavery commissioner has warned.

Kevin Hyland, who took up the new role last year, also said he wanted an increase in conviction rates for those trafficking and exploiting victims of slavery.

‘My overarching priority is the victim identification and care because once we focus on the victims we will start to get a richer picture,’ he said.

Up to 13,000 people in Britain are forced to work in factories and farms, sold for sex in brothels or kept in domestic servitude, among other forms of slavery, Home Office figures reveal.

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Former slaves need mental trauma care to end cycle of exploitation


LONDON, Oct 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Anti-slavery campaigners called on Tuesday for a major increase in research and funding to treat the mental trauma suffered by survivors of slavery, including victims of sex trafficking and bonded labour.

The experience of being trafficked and enslaved makes people highly vulnerable to further exploitation even when they have escaped, experts said in a report.

However, very little research has been done into the most effective ways to treat survivors to ensure they can rebuild their lives and protect themselves from further harm.

“We know that addressing the mental health needs of survivors is critical to halting generational cycles of violence and exploitation,” said Nick Grono, head of the Freedom Fund which commissioned the report.

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Slavery victims are being jailed for crimes they were forced to commit, warns anti-slavery tsar

Victims of slavery are being unfairly jailed for crimes they were forced to commit, because the criminal justice system fails to understand their plight, the Government’s anti-slavery commissioner has warned.

Kevin Hyland said the practice of jailing trafficked people was continuing despite a series of blunders revealed in a court ruling more than two years ago. This concerned the convictions of Vietnamese children working in cannabis farms and a Ugandan sex slave suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Surge in Albanian child slaves trafficked to Britain

A new system to protect trafficked children indicates that there has been an alarming rise in the number of Albanian child slaves forced to work in the UK.

If the trend – being highlighted on Anti-Slavery Day – were to continue, Albanians could soon outnumber Vietnamese children as Britain’s most exploited juvenile group.

Figures shared with the Observer by the children’s charity Barnardo’s – which is trialling a new Home Office-funded advocacy service to provide better protection for child-trafficking victims – suggest that a growing number of children from the former communist state are arriving in the UK, often voluntarily, only to end up being exploited.

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Yoke Farm – Award winning film

Yoke Farm directed by Tim Keeling, from Unchosen’s film competition 2014, has won the Human Trafficking Foundation’s Anti-Slavery Day Media Award for best stage/film production on Modern Slavery.

Anti Slavery Day – Salvation Army to show Unchosen Film

Anti Slavery Day 18th October

Unchosen is joining with the Salvation Army to show our ‘What is Forced Labour?’ DVD to homeless people in the Salvation Army’s Lighthouses which are all over the UK, on Anti-Slavery day.

Melissa Blackburn appointed CEO

Unchosen is delighted to welcome our new CEO Melissa Blackburn
who is already making sure that the anti slavery message is reaching thousands more people. Melissa’s countless skills include ten years working in TV documentary production, which means that our powerful film resources will continue to be some of the best and most widely used by organisations large and small.

I am delighted to be appointed Unchosen’s new CEO. I’m looking forward to working with our talented team here in Bristol, and using our powerful films to let people know about Modern Slavery across the UK.” – Melissa Blackburn CEO

Welsh police forces launch bid to tackle modern slavery


Police forces across Wales are teaming up to raise awareness of slavery. A week-long campaign will hope to also identify offences and support victims of slavery in the lead up to International Anti-Slavery Day on Sunday. International Anti-Slavery Day was created to raise awareness of modern slavery and to inspire people to eliminate it. The Modern Slavery Act became Law this year and is aimed at tackling human trafficking, forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude.

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