Slavery and Trafficking

Posted on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Slavery is not history. It calls to mind images of the Israelites in Egypt or the trans-Atlantic trade. But it is here and it is now – in the UK today there are as many as 13,000 victims of slavery or trafficking

Modern slavery exists in many forms – including forced labour, forced marriage and human trafficking. Although it is illegal in most countries where it is practised, and prohibited by a multitude of international laws and conventions, there are more enslaved people in the world today than at any point in history. And it is not only a scourge of the developing world – around 13,000 people here in the UK are victims of slavery or trafficking.

Slavery and trafficking are unavoidably connected to Jewish experience

Particularly during the festival of Pesach, Jewish people remember the pain of slavery. As we celebrate our freedom, we should remember the countless people around the world, including here in the UK, who do not share our good fortune.

Making slavery history – René Cassin’s work in the UK and Israel

We work to raise awareness of the problem of modern slavery in the Jewish community. We also support Voice of Freedom in partnership with participatory photography NGO PhotoVoice, and the Ma’agan Safe House for Trafficked Women in Petach Tikva, Israel.

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