As an organisation, we are committed to combatting all forms of exploitation but sadly across our city modern slavery is a real issue. So we were delighted on the 10th of November, to have the privilege of hosting 10 frontline community groups for our awareness training in modern slavery, human trafficking, and county lines.
The training was conducted by Nigel from Hope for Justice, an organization committed to ending modern slavery by preventing exploitation, rescuing victims, and restoring lives. The following is a brief overview of Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking, and definition.
Modern Slavery- Definitions: ‘Slavery’ is where ownership is exercised over a person”
Someone is in slavery if they are:
- Forced to work - through mental or physical threat.
- Owned or controlled by an ‘employer’, usually through mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse.
- Dehumanised, treated as a commodity or bought and sold as ‘property.
- Physically constrained or have restrictions placed on their freedom of movement.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN SIMPLE TERMS: Human trafficking is a criminal offence involving a process of inter-related actions leading to exploitation. It can be divided into three key elements:
The ACT (what is done) The recruitment, transportation, transfer,
harbouring or receipt of persons.
The MEANS (how it is done) Threat or use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud,
deception, abuse of power or position of
vulnerability, giving or receiving of payments or
benefits used to control a person.
The PURPOSE (why it is done) The type of exploitation or intended exploitation.
The above key learnings will enable our community groups to spot the signs and remain vigilant in their practice, as they work with the most vulnerable and marginalised groups in the society. Over the coming year, we are keen to do more to strengthen the capacity of our community partners to understand and tackle these issues.
Thanks to Leicestershire Cares and Hope for Justice for a great training event. Very informative and educational.New Dawn, New Day
Leicestershire Cares are doing amazing work in providing tools, training and access to these networking opportunities for like-minded groups to come together for the betterment of our usersAfro Innovation
#Leicestershire Cares- it certainly does!Nigel Oseman
It seems as though this Leicester City organisation is making a statement in their name- and so they should! Leicestershire Cares is a formidable group of people that head up the #TogetherWeCan as one of their many projects, last week they welcomed us into their site and what an experience it was… the energy, the enthusiasm and the commitment is felt as you walk through the door. Neetu Squire invited us along to share our knowledge and experience around modern slavery and human trafficking. It was a great opportunity and left me buzzing!
We thank Nigel for delivering an excellent workshop and our community changemakers for their contribution and engagement.
As a result of this training, four community groups have since reached out to Hope for Justice to deliver county line awareness to their community groups.
Please see the following resources for more information
A brief article written by our CEO Kieran Breen for RSA journal
Modern Slavery Guidance published June 2021
Hope for Justice/Sky News Special Report – Adele Robinson
Adams Story (Radio Interview) Stream 'Adam's' Story by Hope for Justice | Listen online for free on SoundCloud
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