Modern Slavery Event

As reported in the Barnsley News and Sport on 1st March, Barnsley East Labour Party Women’s Forum are to hold an event in March on tackling modern slavery here in the UK.

It is estimated that there are currently 14,000-16,000 people living in modern slavery in the UK, and the event will discuss the nature of this practice, and ways it can be identified and tackled.

Speakers include Jane Williamson, a tutor who has worked on Northern College’s ‘Free Thinking Programme’ to provide education to survivors of modern slavery, and Mark Burns-Williamson, the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner and national lead for tackling modern slavery.

The event will be chaired by Barnsley East MP Stephanie Peacock (pictured) who says: “Modern slavery is an absolutely appalling practice, where people are forced into work without pay and life without freedom.

“It’s staggering that this practice is still so widespread in the UK in the 21st century, and it’s so important that we do all we can to fight it.

“That’s why I’m pleased to be chairing this important event, so that we can work towards understanding, identifying and tackling modern slavery, and ultimately ending it once and for all.”

  • The event will be held on Saturday, 9 March at Barnsley Town Hall from 1.00pm to 2.30pm.