Modern slavery

Illustrative photograph of modern slavery. A woman looks between wooden bards,Combatting the illegal exploitation of people in the diocese and beyond

The Thames Valley is one of the areas with the highest prevalence of modern-day slavery, so there is an urgent need to combat this crime. The diocese is working in partnership with the Thames Valley Police and local organisations to highlight the issue, and with the Clewer Initiative, who are leading the Church of England response.

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  • The Clewer Initiative is enabling Church of England dioceses and wider Church networks to develop strategies to detect modern slavery in their communities and help provide victim support and care. It provides training and educational resources such as lesson plans and undertakes project initiatives such as the Safe Car Wash app and The Farm Work Welfare app.
  • Anti-Slavery Initiative Oxford (ASIOX) — A Christian group based in Oxfordshire who have a passion to see human slavery and trafficking ended.
  • Oxford Anti-Slavery Network (OxASN) — Partnership of Thames Valley Police and local authorities and organisations, including the Diocese of Oxford.

Suspected slavery can be reported in several ways:

Prayer

Lord of creation, we thank you
for all who are working to combat modern slavery:
for governments and agencies,
for Church and other faith leaders,
for charities and individuals.
Help us to be part of love’s movement
to work for a world where human beings are valued,
free to come and go, where no one is enslaved,
no one used against their will for another’s pleasure or need.
Amen

Source: Clewer Initiative


Page last updated: 26th January 2022 4:35 PM