Contract Personnel are joining a whole host of organisations to shine the spotlight on the hidden crime of modern slavery.
As part of Anti-Slavery Day (18th October) organisations such as Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority and Stronger Together are running a whole week of events and campaigns to mark this crucial date.
Anti-Slavery Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery and encourages government, local authorities, companies, charities and individuals to do what they can to address the problem.
According to the International Labour Organisation, Modern Slavery still exists (even in the UK). There are 49.6 million people trapped in slavery worldwide and in 2019, there were 10,627 potential victims of modern slavery referred in the UK.
Contract Personnel are pledging to raise awareness and help to build resilience to this terrible crime and eradicating forced labour. These could be people making our clothes, serving our food, picking our crops, working in factories, or working in houses as cooks, cleaners or nannies.
From the outside, such work can look like a regular job. But instead, people are being controlled or forced into inescapable debt, facing violence or threats, or having their passport taken away while being threatened with deportation. Many have fallen into this oppressive trap simply because they were trying to escape poverty or insecurity, aiming to improve their lives and support their families.
Some of the signs of modern slavery include people looking injured or malnourished, avoiding talking to strangers, lack of belongings, dropped off at work at odd times or avoids eye contact.
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