What did your last slave die of?

by | 4 April 2023 | Gainsborough, Social Group, WI

It’s a flippant and throw away comment we have all been guilty of saying. Maybe your husband is demanding a morning cuppa, or perhaps your teenager is wanting a lift into town.

Despite a global ban on slavery, it is still prevalent in society where men and women are being exploited on inhumane levels. Guest speaker Rebecca Craven delivered a talk to Lea Women’s Institute to explain how everyone can help identify when vulnerable people are being forced to work against their will.

It’s shocking to know that most slaves in this country are homeless men who have been trapped into forced labour in exchange for the most squalid of living conditions and littlest of food.

What can you do to help?

If you suspect someone is a victim, call the UK Modern Slavery and Exploitation Helpline on 08000 121700, or visit www.modernslaveryhelpline.org.

The Women’s Institute helps by collecting items to assist in their recovery: clothes, suitcases and sport bags. If you can donate anything that might help, please take it along to any of the meetings.

The group also collects the following items for recycling and other good causes: empty tablet blister packs, used postage stamps, empty foil crisp packets and hand / bath towels.

Ladies! It all happens at Lea Village Hall, DN21 5JA where you will be welcomed with open arms. On Thursday 6th April at 7.30pm, there will be an AGM and social evening which will be great fun as everyone will have the chance to mingle, chat and enjoy good company.

On Thursday 4th May at 7.30pm a new programme of activity begins. Contact Jackie Summers on 01427 615382 or the.summers@btinternet.com.