2022 Assembly


Slaves on our Streets-A Report on Modern day slavery in the UK- produced by the Independent, UK, (Freedom United) on the extent of human trafficking ‘hidden in plain sight.


Sir. Bernard Hogan-Howe & Cardinal Vincent Nichols at the launch. (Photo: Nigel Howard)

Launched in the Houses of Parliament, London, the report provides insights into the harsh realities of life for the victims of human trafficking and exploitation, based on a three month investigation into the experiences of those working in the personal services sector such as car-washes, nail-bars and massage parlours, in addition to the construction industry sector.  
The investigation was overseen by a round-table of experts representing victim support, law enforcement, philanthropy, legal, financial, political, media and business sectors appointed by Cardinal Vincent Nichols.  The experts included Mr. Kevin Hyland, OBE; Mr. John Studzinski, Vice-Chairman Blackstone investments; chief executive of the Thomson Reuters Foundation Monique Villa, Jean Baderschneider of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, Yasmin Waljee from law firm Hogan Lovells, Unilever chief executive Paul Polman, former chief constable of Northern Ireland Sir Matt Baggott and newsreader and TV presenter Julie Etchingham.
The report sets out eleven recommendations for governments and businesses to implement in order to combat this modern day crime against humanity. It is tabled for consideration at the forthcoming Santa Marta Conference which will be held at the Vatican, 8-9 February, 2018.
It is planned to distribute the report to political and business leaders across the UK.
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