MONTHLY FOCUS

Each month we will be focussing on a different mission partner, bringing you up to date news and a prayer you can use at home.


For the month of July we will be focussing on:

HOPE FOR JUSTICE

 
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At Hope for Justice we are proud to be a Mission Partner with St Mary Magdalene and Sale West, we are grateful for the support we receive from people across all congregations through prayer, volunteering and financial support.

There are an estimated 40.3 million people trapped in Modern Slavery around the world in different types of exploitation circumstances such as domestic servitude, forced labour, child labour, sexual exploitation, forced marriage and organ harvesting. It is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of people through force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them for profit

Many will have seen and heard of Sir Mo Farah’s revelations this week that he was a victim of Human Trafficking having been taken (by deception) from his family in Djibouti and brought to the UK where he was kept (by force) in a flat and made to cook, clean and care for other children (domestic servitude). Under UK law no child can be complicit in their own Human Trafficking. Sir Mo explains how he was threatened that if he spoke about it he would be in trouble and sent back to Africa. For anyone this creates a paralysis of fear and particularly for a child.

Domestic servitude is a particularly hidden and complex form of modern slavery, because it happens in private homes. The public don’t realise what might be going on behind closed doors in cases just like Sir Mo’s. Hope for Justice helped one victim of this crime who was brought here as a 14-year-old and then kept enslaved in London for 24 years. The couple who controlled him seemed from the outside to be a normal professional couple with good NHS jobs living in an extremely affluent area.

In 2021, there were 275 potential child victims of domestic servitude identified in the UK, and 227 of them were also forced into some other kind of exploitation too, like forced criminal exploitation or prostitution. This is no doubt the tip of the iceberg, with so many more hidden away. Globally it is thought that just under 1 million children are experiencing domestic servitude in private homes

It was brave of Sir Mo to share his story in this way and we hope it shines further light on this issue! Sir Mo was the victim of exploitation, he and others like him are the victims of this crime not the perpetrators of it.

Sir Mo’s case is Trafficking, not Smuggling:

Smuggling = crime against the state to get someone from A to B
Trafficking = crime against the person, moving them from A to B via coercion fear or lies for the purpose of exploitation.

Some signs of domestic servitude could include:
  • Not eating with the rest of the family, no bedroom or proper sleeping place
  • No private space, documents or access to phone
  • Forced to work excessive hours, on-call 24 hours a day
  • May never leave the house without the employer
  • Fear of police/authorities
  • Anxious and unwilling to tell others about their situation
  • Poor health, malnutrition or untreated dental conditions
  • Bruising; signs of other physical or psychological trauma including anxiety, confusion, memory loss

If people have concerns?

Contact Hope for Justice: help@hopeforjustice.org // 0300 008 8000.
Or contact the Modern Slavery Helpline (24/7) on 08000 121 700.

In an emergency, always call 999 first.
 

For more information about about our other mission partners go to the Mission Partners page