Slavery did not end with abolition in the 19th century. Instead, it changed its forms and continues to harm people in every country in the world. Whether they are women forced into prostitution, men forced to work in agriculture or construction, children in sweatshops or girls forced to marry older men, their lives are controlled by their exploiters, they no longer have a free choice and they have to do as they’re told. They are in slavery.
This event, which is being hosted by Community Southwark, aims to raise awareness amongst the voluntary and community sector about this complicated issue. We want the event to help increase understanding of what modern-day slavery is, the signs to look out for and how to report it.
We are delighted that Tamara Barnet from the Human Trafficking Foundation will discuss modern day slavery, what to look for and the impact it has on communities. Tamara is the Project Leader at the Foundation and works on a number of areas around policy and advocacy as well as leading the London-wide statutory and non-statutory work and European parliamentary project.
Tamara set up and coordinates the Anti-Slavery London Working Group (LWG) for pan-London frontline services, with over 100 members, including NGOs, the Met Police’s Modern Slavery Unit, MOPAC, the UK Visas and Immigration team, GLAA and NHS England; as well as the London Slavery SPoC (Single point of contact) network.
Tamara has worked on The European Project which involves working with European parliamentarians on cross-border networks and creating structures such as parliamentary groups to tackle modern-day slavery. She has written and published a research report on the experience of victims of human trafficking. She has also worked as Lead Adviser on policing and crime at the Greater London Authority report on sex work and sex trafficking. Tamara has authored, with the help of the London Working Group, a Protocol for local authorities on slavery.
Tamara currently sits on a number of groups including the Modern Slavery Helpline advisory group, the Home Office’s Prevent Group and the Home Office’s advisory group for local authorities on their pilot scheme to support victims.
Subject to availability, Tamara will be joined by:
Southwark Council's licensing team that has a direct responsibility with the council for tackling modern-day slavery
Afruca which is an organisation working for the welfare of black and African children and families and has engaged in a campaign to stop domestic servitude
NHS Southwark CCG Adult Safeguarding Lead Nurse who will provide perspective on local health offer on tackling modern-day slavery in Southwark.