Home Secretary re churches and human trafficking
Bishop Dr Joe Aldred, stff member at CTE, and an organiser of a meeting reports:
Theresa May has called on churches to support the government in its bid to clamp down on those in involved in human trafficking.
The Home Secretary has met with church leaders from different denominations to address concerns and call on them to take action on the issue.
Despite the slave trade being 'ended' 200 years ago in the UK, an estimated 20,000 victims are thought to be living in the UK.
While many are brought in from abroad, police are picking up more and more cases of British nationals being forced into unpaid labour.
The meeting with church leaders was brought about after concerns that more needs to be put into the Modern Slavery Bill to meet the needs of victims.
Speaking to those gathered, the Home Secretary said: "We've already seen action by churches on this. Working together we can deal with this issue.
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