In the UK there are estimated to be over 100,000 people trapped in some form of modern slavery. It could be the person cleaning your car, the lady painting your nails, or the person picking your vegetables. It is a crime hidden in plain sight.
Whilst the numbers can seem overwhelming, all of us can do something to help end modern slavery in our community.
On 26 November, The Clewer Initiative is taking part in Modern Slavery: Right Here, Right Now with the Diocese of Southwark and the Reigate Archdeaconery Social Justice Focus (RASJF) at Southwark Cathedral. All are welcome and if you’re in Southwark we hope you’ll join us for the many activities planned during the morning or spend time in quiet prayer for victims and those supporting them.
During the morning there will be talks from The Clewer Initiative, DCI Kerry Loveless, the Surrey Police Lead on modern slavery, and RASJF. The talks will provide an overview of modern slavery in the UK, how to spot the signs and how to respond to instances of modern slavery.
You are welcome to take part in a special service for the victims of modern slavery led by the Bishop of Croydon The Rt Revd Dr Rosemarie Mallett with a sermon by Bishop Alastair, Chair of The Clewer Initiative.
Throughout the morning at the Marketplace in the Retrochoir there’ll be the opportunity to meet with organisations working to end modern slavery and find out how you can get involved with the fight against modern slavery.
Southwark Cathedral 26 November, 10am-1pm.
Free Entry, tickets available from the Diocese of Southwark website.
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