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Modern Slavery

There are an estimated 136,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK. That’s 2.2 people per 1,000.

Together in Sussex works with local communities, Regional Partnerships, and national initiatives to help see those who are trapped in slavery, and support routes to freedom.

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Together in Sussex joins with Mothers Union to fight Modern Slavery

Together in Sussex is joining with the Mothers Union to raise awareness of Modern Slavery. The Mothers Union is asking all its members to tell one other person about modern slavery and ask that person to also tell one person.

Elle Weaver of Together in Sussex commented: 'Working with the Mothers Union is a great opportunity to spread awareness about Modern Slavery, which covers a wide range of abuse, including sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced labour, criminal exploitation, and organ harvesting.'

Victims can be of any age, gender, nationality, and ethnicity. Tricked or threatened into work, they feel unable to leave or report the crime through fear or intimidation. They may not even recognise themselves as a victim.

Modern Slavery is largely invisible unless you know what you are looking for. During October information, resources and tools can be found on the Together in Sussex website. Working with the Mothers Union we can raise awareness and counter three myths about Modern Slavery:

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Together in Sussex is working closely with Clewer Initiative to provide local churches and community with a wide range of resources. Contact us if you would like more detail or check out our resources page

More than 200 years after the abolition of slavery it is estimated over 45 million men, women, and children are trapped in modern slavery. Archbishop Justin Welby says:

‘William Wilberforce convinced his generation slavery was a sin. That belief has not changed. The sin lies in our ignorance of its existence around us’.

The Clewer Initiative forms part of the Church of England’s approach to eradicating modern slavery. Funded by the Clewer Sisters, an Anglican order of nuns founded in 1852 to help marginalised young women, it provides shelter and teaching a trade.

The Clewer Initiative’s aim is to enable the Church of England dioceses and wider Church networks to develop strategies to detect modern slavery in their communities and provide victim support and care. It works with the Church locally, identifying resources to be utilised, developing partnerships, and creating a wider network of advocates seeking to end modern slavery together.

Nationally, it involves developing a network of practitioners sharing models of best practice and providing evidenced-based data to resource the Church's national engagement with statutory and non-statutory bodies.

The tools to end modern slavery already exist within the local community. The Church, present in all communities and at the heart of many, has a responsibility in leading these efforts. Find out more about Clewer Initiative.

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Together in Sussex is working closely with Together Free to build a network to end slavery

If you, your church or community group would like to know more, please contact Elle Weaver: