LESS than 200 years since the abolition of slavery in this country, a modern form is
LESS than 200 years since the abolition of slavery in this country, a modern form is becoming a reality in Britain.
So said Caroline Lennartson, of OXCAT, an Oxford charity set up in 2008 to raise awareness of human trafficking into the UK and to advise people on what to do if they suspect it is happening in their neighbourhood. The charity’s slogan is “Open your eyes”.
Ms Lennartson told Rotarians and guests that criminal gangs, networking on the dark web so as to be undetectable, currently traffic 35 million child and adult slaves globally.
The reasons for this mushrooming of modern slavery were faster communications, a lack of borders in the EU and the fact that this criminal activity is increasingly lucrative.
She said that prostitution, grooming of young girls, child pick-pockets, forced labour, forced marriage, domestic slavery and organ harvesting were particularly prevalent.
Ms Lennartson and her colleagues urge people to report anything suspicious anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.