The all-day event, which was entitled ‘Modern Slavery: Right Here, Right Now,’ brought together dozens of people who are working on the frontlines in Surrey to tackle modern slavery.
Victoria Ashdown, a Mission Enabler for Communities at the Diocese of Guildford, explains why the event was so important: "There is a tendency to believe that a county like Surrey is lovely and leafy (which it is) and that modern slavery doesn’t happen here but tragically it does! It is so important to raise awareness, particularly in our churches where people might encounter victims of modern slavery in social action projects. For example, if you run a Food Bank, it is vital that you know how to spot the signs of slavery and what to do about it. Any church working in its community needs to know about exploitation."