Stand in solidarity with victims of modern slavery this October
Did you know that The Salvation Army has held the government contract to provide specialist support to adult victims of modern slavery in England and Wales for more than seven years, supporting more than 8,000 victims in that time?
Ahead of Anti-Slavery Day on Friday 18th October, The Salvation Army are asking people to support their digital campaign to raise awareness of modern slavery in the UK.
They have produced a #WeAreNotForSale temporary tattoo with the theme of a barcode, symbolising how slavery treats people as objects that can be bought, sold and exploited. Victims are powerless, isolated and told there is no one who will help them – and The Salvation Army are working hard to change this.
Sales of the tattoo will raise money for The Salvation Army’s Victim Care Fund, which provides additional support to survivors of modern slavery. The temporary tattoos cost £1 and are available to buy online (with free postage) at http://bit.ly/WeAreNotForSale or from Salvation Army Trading Company charity shops.
People are encouraged to wear and share images of the tattoo on and around Anti-Slavery Day on Friday 18th October 2019, using the hashtag #WeAreNotForSale and mentioning @SalvationArmyUK
You can also take part in the #WeAreNotForSale campaign online, as a special edition Facebook frame is available to add to your profile photo. Simply visit www.facebook.com/profilepicframes
and search #WeAreNotForSale19.
About modern slavery
The demand for cheap goods, cheap labour and cheap sex has created a breeding ground for human trafficking.
People can be forced to work in a range of industries including in nail bars, in agriculture, in car washes and domestic servitude.
Victims have reported being forced to supply drugs or commit other crimes.
Not all slaves are trafficked into this country; many victims are British-born.
The Salvation Army and Modern slavery
The Salvation Army has been supporting victims of trafficking since the 1800s when they successfully campaigned to raise the age of consent to protect young girls as young as 13 being trafficked for sex.
The Salvation Army has held the Government contract to support victims of modern slavery since 2011, and over 8,000 victims of slavery have been supported through their specialist care since 2011.
In 2018, The Salvation Army supported clients from 86 different countries, including 86 individuals from the UK.
A total of 1,856 people entered their care in 2017/18. This was a 19% increase on the previous year.
Want to do more? Get involved
Visit www.salvationarmy.org.uk/wearenotforsale if you want to find out how else you can help.