The Lincoln story

Lincoln’s work on modern slavery has predominantly been led by the Cathedral, who have hosted high profile events, bringing together the community, the church, and statutory agencies, to see how they can work alongside one another to end modern slavery in their community. They have a particular interest in rural slavery, due to the demographics of the diocese.

The Diocese of Lincoln is a diocese with a lot of history, typified by the elaborate and uplifting sight of Lincoln Cathedral, which towers over the city in which it sits.

But the Diocese is also home to modern industries, producing a huge amount of the nation’s food through its large agricultural industry, and linking in with the shipping industry through the port town of Grimsby. Lincolnshire is a county of beautiful landscapes, but it also has areas of deep deprivation, where communities are struggling to survive.

Lincoln was also home to one of the most high profile prosecutions for modern slavery, thanks to the conviction of 11 members of the Rooney family in 2017. They exploited homeless men over a number of years, forcing them to do manual labour such as tarmacking and paving.

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