Social Justice

Tackling Modern Slavery

Bristol Cathedral is a member of the Anti-Slavery Partnership, which is a multi-agency group jointly chaired by Bristol City Council, Avon & Somerset Police and Unseen.

The partnership helps prevent slavery and exploitation and supports victims by raising awareness, sharing information and referring people who have been trafficked for help. The Anti-Slavery Partnership has a coordinator who can be contacted if you have concerns about trafficking in your community. Click here for more information.  If you have concerns that someone has been trafficked or local intelligence call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.

Modern Slavery is an international crime, affecting an estimated 29.8 million people around the world*  It includes children and adults that have been brought from overseas, and vulnerable people in the UK, being forced to illegally work against their will. 2,744 cases were reported in the UK in 2013 a 22% increase on the number of cases reported between 2012-2013**

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 states that

No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.


Partner links:  

Bristol Refugee Rights - click here. 

Refugee action -  click here

For general information on local charities and support groups click here.  

For the Church of England's approach to anti-trafficking see here

Beloved, a local charity supporting to women working in massage parlours in Bristol and surrounding areas.

Unseen, a national charity working towards a world without slavery.




*Source Global Slavery Index
**UK National Referral Mechanism Statistics 2013