‘Far from being something confined to the history books or cinema screens, there are more people in slavery across the world today than at any point in history. The evil of this exploitation is extensive, yet many people don’t even realise it is happening. We urgently need this to change. The public plays an immensely important role in identifying victims of modern slavery and in demanding change, and this is why I commend Migrant Help UK’s work in highlighting this horrific crime.’
Kevin Hyland, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner
Migrant Help UK is the only charity supporting adult victims of modern slavery and human trafficking across the UK. We have set up Back to Life to help raise public awareness of what Prime Minister Theresa May describes as ‘the great human rights issue of our time’. Back to Life features real-life case studies of people rescued from towns and cities across Britain and highlights the work that Migrant Help UK does in helping rescued people recover from their ordeals.
The exhibition was officially launched by the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE, at a press conference on Monday, 17 October, and is on show at London’s Victoria Station on the same day. It moves to Bristol Temple Meads station on National Anti-Slavery Day, Tuesday 18 October; Birmingham New Street station on Wednesday 19; Liverpool Lime Street station on Thursday 20 and Edinburgh Waverley station on Friday 21.
The exhibition will be on show at each station from 6am to 7pm. Staff from Migrant Help UK will be on hand to answer questions and explain how people can get involved in the fight against modern slavery.
‘This is a cruel and inhumane trade in people. By sharing the stories of the individuals affected by trafficking and slavery we will be highlighting the extent of the problem. Organisations like Migrant Help UK are here to support victims rescued from slavery every day, but public awareness is key in our continuing fight.’
Catherine Johnstone CBE, Chief Executive, Migrant Help UK
School Lesson Plans
We have also produced a set of lesson plans for schools to help students understand the issues surrounding modern slavery and human trafficking.
There’s a competition too – find out more and download the lesson plans here.
Migrant Help UK would like to thank:
» Kevin Hyland OBE, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner
» Holly Watson, make-up and special effects