At last night's Council meeting, Ipswich Borough Council signed up to the Co-op Party's Charter Against Modern Slavery.
The motion to Council was moved by Labour & Co-operative councillor, Julian Gibbs, and seconded by fellow Labour & Co-op councillor, Tracy Grant.
Following debate, the Charter was unanimously adopted by the Council.
Labour & Co-operative Party councillors join Labour Council Leader, David Ellesmere as he signs the Charter
What is Modern Slavery?
Modern Slavery is one of the great evils of our time and it’s happening under our noses.
In nail bars, car washes, farms, factories and restaurants, it is estimated that tens of thousands of people in the UK could be victims.
The term ‘Modern Slavery’ captures a whole range of types of exploitation, many of which occur together. These include but are not limited to:
- Sexual exploitation
- Domestic servitude
- Forced labour
- Criminal exploitation
Other forms of exploitation including organ removal, forced begging, forced benefit fraud, forced marriage and illegal adoption
In short Modern Slavery is where traffickers and slave masters use whatever means they have at their disposal to coerce, deceive and force individuals into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment.
Modern Slavery can affect adults and children, and last year 51% of victims were female and 49% male. 15% of victims were referred for domestic servitude; and there are now more victims exploited for labour than those who had been trafficked for sex.
It affects foreign nationals, but many of those exploited are from the UK and exploited within this country. In 2016 the third largest victim group came from the UK.
You can find out more about Labour's sister party, the Co-operative Party and about its campaign against modern slavery at: www.party.coop