Modern slavery in the UK can take many forms, including forced sexual exploitation, domestic slavery or forced labour on farms, in construction, shops, bars, nail bars, car washes or manufacturing.
Forced labour is the most common form of slavery in the UK, fuelled by a drive for cheap products and services, with little regard for the people behind them.
A growing form of slavery is trafficking into crime. In the UK, it’s fuelled by the trafficking of primarily British children, forced into ‘county lines’ drug trafficking and trafficking of Vietnamese nationals forced to work in cannabis production.
Our Vice Dean Canon Jane Brooke, Vice Dean at Chester Cathedral is working in partnership with the Mother’s Union to create 47 links for two chains. 47 is the number of people who were referred from slavery in Cheshire 2020. In reality the number will be higher because many are fearful of their owners and the consequences of escaping. The chain links will be placed down the aisle for Sunday 17 October so that the procession will walk either side. The president will also wear symbolically, a knitted chain of small green links to represent those unseen trapped in slavery and to encourage us to notice and report and unusual activities around us.
Please pray for those who are enslaved
We call to you with hearts in pain for all in our world
who suffer the horrors of modern slavery;
for all who dream of a better life in another place
only to be trapped, tricked and traded;
for all those who labour, forced and unseen, to make our everyday possessions;
for all who agonise for loved ones lost into this trade in humans.
Your Son came to bring good news to the poor and freedom for the oppressed –
May we too be voices against oppression, channels of good news;
May our eyes be opened wide to all who suffer in our midst but out of sight.