Stop Modern Slavery
This campaign seeks to raise awareness of modern slavery in the UK. It also calls for better support for survivors, as well as more effective action to eradicate the problem.
Modern slavery is a complex crime that takes a number of different forms. It encompasses slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking. Traffickers and slave drivers coerce, deceive and force individuals against their will into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment. Victims may be sexually exploited, forced to work for little or no pay or forced to commit criminal activities against their will.
The true extent of modern slavery in the UK and globally is unknown, but the best estimates suggest that there are around 40 million victims worldwide. The UK government estimates that there are tens of thousands of people in slavery in the UK today.
Modern slavery crimes are being committed across the UK and are taking place in many different sectors including factories, fields, brothels, nail bars and even within people’s homes. There is no typical victim of slavery – victims can be men, women or children of all ages and nationalities. According to the Salvation Army, the number of UK victims who had been enslaved through labour exploitation rose by 63% between July 2018 and June 2019.
Ask your MP to stand side-by-side with survivors of slavery
Survivors of slavery already face a 'lottery of support' in the UK, with many finding it hard to access even basic forms of help such as safe housing, financial subsistence, or counselling.
Now, the Nationality and Border Bill will make it even harder for survivors to access support, by cutting help for survivors who do not share details of their abuse quickly enough, or who have criminal convictions (often as a result of their exploitation).
How you can get involved
1. Download and share our campaign action pack.
2. Print, cut and share these wallet cards to know what signs to spot for modern slavery and how to report it.
3. Sign up to attend modern slavery training
The NFWI is offering WI members the chance to attend a training session on the topic of modern slavery on either 1st March at 1pm or 3rd March at 7pm. To register your interest in the training click here.
4. Watch the webinar hosted by NFWI on 15th October 2021
NFWI hosted a webinar with expert speakers on the topic of modern slavery on 15th October. You can watch the webinar here.
5. Help raise awareness of child exploitation through Unseen’s End Child Exploitation campaign. You can download a bespoke information guide designed to help parents and carers keep their children safe from County Lines, including how to spot it and where to go for help here.
6. Write to your MP
We are asking members to write to your local MP on the issue of modern slavery and on the provision of support for survivors. Enter your postcode in the box above and send the letter directly to your MP.
7. Display posters on community noticeboards and on awareness days you may be planning. Posters will be available soon.
8. Share your experiences with us
If you have encountered modern slavery in your community or have reported concerns, please do get in touch to share your experiences with us. With your permission, stories that are shared with us may be used anonymously as part of our policy and campaigning work in NFWI Public Affairs resources, WI Life, the WI websites and on our social media channels. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you suspect modern slavery, please contact the relevant authority first.
Find out more about modern slavery
- For an explanation of modern slavery, visit the websites of organisations such as Unseen UK and Haven of Light
- For more data on the nature and extent of modern slavery in the UK, take a look at the latest ONS report (published in March 2020)
- To find out more about the signs of modern slavery, how to report it, and sources of support visit the Met Police website
- For more details on the UK Government’s approach to modern slavery, download the Modern Slavery Statement
You can also find briefing notes, a PowerPoint presentation, a discussion guide and further information about how this resolution was passed here.
Guidance on the use of responsible imagery
According to the University of Nottingham, particular images used to represent modern slavery can create an inaccurate portrayal of what it looks like and risks harming anti-slavery work by creating mis-information. For this reason, we would advise you to think carefully about using images and what they may portray about the topic and those who have experienced exploitation. If you are unsure please get in touch with us.