Modern day slavery: a stain on our society

8 Dec 2017



Modern day slavery continues to flourish behind the high streets of famous cities such as London, more than 1000 child slaves were saved from London streets in 2016 after a surge in human trafficking. Despite a copious number of cases being uncovered it has become more apparent that such crimes are not voiced out to the public, leaving the citizens of the UK at more risk particularly, the children


Although the 200th anniversary since the abolishment of the slavery in the UK was celebrated just seven years ago, slavery has managed to find its way back on the streets of London, with the growth of globalisation and migration, slavery and the slave trade are now realities that many men and women live. There are four types of slavery throughout the world; debt bondage, sexual slavery, forced labor and chattel slavery.


Slavery is the exploitation of men and women, being controlled by another being and having their human rights taken away.  It has been found that women are involved in 77% of trafficking cases worldwide, with sexual exploitation a factor in 87%. Forced labour is also a motive behind trafficking. An extensive number of people are unaware of the severity of this crime and how common it is, a shocking number of 27million struggle in slave like conditions and these figures exclude those which have not been reported.


This largely hidden criminality is said to be found in every form of economic activity, especially here in the UK. In fact, the majority of the western world is known to be the destination point for these recruiters. This is merely because many of these people are hungry for a new life, and London seems to be able to offer opportunities at a low cost. Furthermore, human trafficking is considered a low risk high profit venture, which many drug dealers have even delved into. Besides the number of opportunities which London has to offer, it has been 'chosen' because of its lack of awareness on the crime, which makes it easier for the damnable to take action.


A number of school students were shocked to find that their location, Barking, had several incidents of trafficking this year alone and the most recent was October 2017, where Istvan Kalocsai, 42, and his son Istvan, 19, were jailed for six-and-a-half and five years respectively for sex trafficking offences. The students had first believed that although Barking was bad for knife crime, crimes such as trafficking never occurred.




It is not surprising for people to have such views, some believe such events occur in countries that belong to drug mules and 'foreigners' but, in fact recent statistics prove otherwise. According to a September 2017 report from the humans' right organization, an estimated figure of 24.9 million victim have been trapped in modern day slavery, 16million of these victims were exploited for labor here in the UK.


The number of suspected victims of slavery has doubled since 2014 and no immediate change has been made; no extensive media coverage and schools as well as pupils are not alerted during assemblies. Schools and youth centers continue to focus their assemblies on 'how to get merits for sports days' rather than having weekly news days where they alert children on the issues surrounding them.  It is known by most people that children below the age of twenty most likely do not watch the news, in order to ensure that more people are aware and educated on this increasing issue, it needs to be spoken about.


Placing attention on the degenerate activity and ruminating the best ways to ensure people are informed on the matter should be the first steps to keeping children safer and making them more knowledgeable but, this is yet to be seen. Youth workers and schools have questioned the intentions of the media and particular publications, since speaking to a few members of the public, who would rather be left anonymous, it seems they contemplate whether or not society itself is taking this seriously.


Implacable men and women continue to walk around and across the UK searching for their next target and, since the rise and development of technology, social media has managed to have an ascendancy over the younger generation which makes them an easier target. It is now much easier to create fake identities and meet up with strangers. A common method for human trafficking is tricking young girls and boys to believe they are being signed up for a modelling contract, with some even placing local job signs right on the street.


These inconspicuous and dangerous signs which seem like easy money lead to a hidden workforce, this oblivious and ignorant attitude that ‘nothing of this sort happens in 'posh' areas like London', has made Britain (and many other western and globalized countries) the main target for shipping under age women for sexual exploitation.


Young adults should be frequently taught on the signs to spot brothels, they should also be encouraged to report any suspicious behavior. In order for more victims to feel comfortable sharing their stories, this topic needs to be front and centre. It simply cannot be hidden in small text on the back pages of newspapers: victims need to feel as though we, as a society, care.


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