STOP PRESS - 7th December 2018 Role of victim support crucial to prosecuting modern slavery successfully Care website

 

4th October 2018 Drug dealer jailed for trafficking children in 'county lines' operation BBC website

 

 

In the 19th century William Wilberforce was successful in seeing the passing into law of the Slavery Abolition Act 1833. He had for many years been fighting against forceful opposition to see this piece of legislation come into force. This Act was in effect the beginning of the collapse of slavery in his day.

 

Photo : Modern Slavery Since the days of William Wilberforce, slavery has a new face. It is about forced labour. It is about sexual slavery. It is about people trafficking. It is no longer about plundering nations to enslave and ship people to foreign lands and hold them under severe circumstances against their will. Slavery in the day of Wilberforce was nothing short of a curse and it is the same in our modern day. Today it takes many different forms but essentially nothing has changed.

Slavery in international law is governed by a number of treaties, conventions and declarations. Foremost among these is the Universal Declaration on Human Rights that states in article 4: "No one should be held in slavery or servitude. Slavery in all of its forms should be eliminated."

 

Try a quick online search under the heading: "Abolition of Slavery" and you will find many organisations that are working to see an end to slavery. They are doing excellent work in rescuing slaves from various situations of enslavement but slavery rather than being on the decline is very much increasing around the world.

 

Wilberforce Two Trust is a newly formed charity that is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the evil of slavery by any and all means. Slavery cannot end without the will of governments One of our primary goals is to work to encourage governments to legislate against modern slavery in their own nations. As with William Wilberforce, we see this as a monumental task, but with your help and with our determination we will effect a change.

 

Continents

By clicking on 1 of the continental maps below you will come to a list of countries within that continent. We are in the process of building a database of every country. This is a mammoth work in progress. Please contact us at info@wilberforcetwo.org for more detail if you are willing to help by researching a country.

 

Slavery Today

What is modern slavery?

Photo : Modern Slavery It is only in recent years that awareness of modern slavery has been more in the public eye. Slavery did not end with William Wilberforce. It is probable that slavery exists in every country in the world. A slave is a person who is wholly subject to the will of another and has no freedom of action but whose person and services are wholly under the control of another. The 'owner' may sell and dispose of his person, of his industry and his labour without being able to do anything, have anything or acquire anything except what belongs to the owner.
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Human Trafficking

Photo : Human Trafficking Trafficking in persons is a grave violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims.
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The Sex Trade

Photo : The Sex Trade Sex slavery is when adults and children engage in commercial sex acts against their will as a result of violence, threats, lies, debt bondage and other forms of coercion at the hands of others such as sex traffickers. Victims can be stolen, kidnapped, sold by parents or other family members or others close to them.
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Forced Labour

Photo : Forced Labour Forced labour is not to be confused with bonded labour. Bonded labour is, for the most part, connected to debt but forced labour has a different general foundation. It can be described as any labour or any service which people are forced to do against their will. It comes with some form of threat of punishment or deprivation. There are not many situations of slavery that do not involve some form of forced labour.
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Bonded Labour

Photo : Bonded Labour Estimates for bonded labour vary greatly. Some estimates for India and Pakistan alone are as high as 20 million people. The brick kilns have people living and working in the most miserable of conditions. Often beaten and working under the hot sun they have little or no chance of repaying their debt or regaining their freedom. The debt is often generational as the following story shows.
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Child Slavery

Photo : Child Slavery Child slavery is without doubt the most painful and the most emotive area of slavery for most to encounter. Children are dependent and vulnerable and are in need of special protection. Evil and heartless people exploit children who are the most defenceless in our society. There are an estimated 5 million children caught up in slavery across the world.
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Domestic Slavery

Photo : Domestic Slavery Domestic slavery is usually carried out during what is the seemingly normal practice of live-in help. This can act as a cover to enable exploitation or control of another. The person held in slavery is usually from another country. Although it appears as a form of forced slavery there are some aspects which separate it from other forms. It presents its own unique challenges.
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