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Modern day slavery the distressing evidence on show

Thursday, April 25, 2013

One of the most distressing exhibitions ever seen in the House of Commons highlighting the hidden nature of Modern Day Slavery is currently on show.  Built by students from the Central St Martin’s College of Art, it depicts the four different kinds of slavery hidden in our society - curtains, doors, drawers and tea chests concealed the stories and photographs of survivors. Meg Munn MP spent time viewing the distressing exhibits on show. 

Some of the survivors who had shared their stories with the Human Trafficking Foundation to create the exhibition attended the opening.  Among them was Cristina, a Romanian girl sold by her mother into prostitution in Birmingham when she was 16 and who narrowly escaped being snatched from her local authority care home by traffickers. There was also a man, duped by a job advertised in Hungary, and on arrival here was forced to work without pay, compelled to open a credit card account operated by his slave master, forced to claim benefits for non-existent children.

No one knows the real numbers involved. Yet, the Serious Organized Crime Agency knows that at least 2,000 victims are found each year. However, they believe that is the tip of the iceberg and that for every victim found, another ten remain hidden. The Human Trafficking Foundation concludes there must be up to 20,000 slaves in the cities, towns and villages of the UK. Of these victims that have come to light, 15% are known to have come from Yorkshire. 

Meg said:

“I was appalled to learn that even my constituency is affected by modern day slavery. That there will undoubtedly be deeply traumatised people who have been trafficked to the UK and abused living in Heeley.

Everyone should become more alert to the signs of modern day slavery. I want to see the government put this awful hidden aspect feature of modern life at the top of the political agenda.”

For further details visit: http://www.humantraffickingfoundation.org/

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