Wilberforce Two is committed to work in anyway that it can to achieve the abolition of slavery where ever it is found. It will work to bring about changes in legislation in any country where such legislation is either lacking or outdated. It will then seek to hold governments to account in situations where there is a shortfall between legislation and practice. Many countries have legislation but there is frequently little or no will to act upon the legislation. It is commonplace for those holding people in slavery to evade prosecution because of corruption. Wilberforce Two is willing to work with any like-minded organisations to bring about the necessary change.
At the other end of the scale are the individual lives of many millions of men, women and children who are in situations of great despair. Their human rights are denied them and they are subject to torture, rape, sexual abuse, deprivation, lack of education and the lack of freedom. Every life held in slavery is shameful and as William Wilberforce said, "You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know." Wilberforce Two is also working to release individuals and families from the humiliation of slavery. Although a relatively new charity, the Trustees have considerable personal experience of working to release slaves. The following story, from such an experience in Pakistan illustrates much of the degradation that slaves can experience.
One evening a messenger came to report the distress of a family who had six daughters. They were working in a brick kiln and the mother, seeing her children hungry, asked the owner for more food. The owner, in his anger, summoned the whole family before him. The husband was severely beaten, the children abused to a lesser extent but the mother was dragged into a room, stripped and raped by two men including the owner. The family had been locked in a room and the expectation was for them to be thrown into the furnace on the following day.
This was in a Taliban area and security forces hardly dared to go in daylight, let alone at night. We decided to risk a rescue and with the cover of darkness went to the brick kiln. With the element of surprise and the security of an AK-47 rifle there was little resistance and we were able to secure a rescue. We left the area at great speed and the rescue was successful. The family was found accommodation and given a donkey and cart to enable the family to become self-supporting.
Whilst not every rescue is as dramatic, the situation of the family is quite typical of the dangers and struggles that people in slavery can face daily.
Our commitment to rescue people - men, women and children - can at times be costly. We, therefore, ask you, "not to choose to look the other way," but to help us in our fight against the evil of slavery whether of individuals or at a national level.