Dozens gather in Plymouth to mark St. Bakhita's Day

23rd February 2023

The Clewer Initiative

Caritas Diocese of Plymouth, Transforming Plymouth Together, the Diocese of Exeter and The Clewer Initiative hosted an event on St. Bakhita's Day to raise awareness of modern-day slavery and exploitation.

Entitled ‘Journeying in dignity’, the well-attended event provided an excellent opportunity to learn more about modern slavery and human trafficking and its presence in Devon and Cornwall.

Representatives from the British Red Cross, Devon & Cornwall Police and The Modern Slavery Organised Immigration Crime Unit spoke at the event, sharing their experience of modern slavery as well as suggesting practical steps that people can take to fight slavery in their communities. After these presentations, Caroline Virgo, the Director of The Clewer Initiative took part in a question and answer session.

Temporary Detective Inspector Dan Parkinson of Devon & Cornwall Police explains that modern slavery occurs in every community and the importance of reporting all suspicions.

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