Last night our CEO Steve Murrells shared the Global Citizen Festival stage for the second time, to talk about our campaign against modern slavery – something our members voted to support at our AGM last year.

As well as supporting slavery survivors with training and paid employment, Co-op’s  supporting Lord McColl’s Victims of Modern Slavery Bill which asks the Government to extend support for survivors from 45 days, to 12 months.

Last night Steve called on the audience of activists to contact their MP and ask them to back the bill, and we want all colleagues and members to do that too.

You can watch Steve’s stage moment, and find out how you can help slavery survivors on the Co-op blog.

Join the conversation! 3 Comments

  1. 40 million today? That’s not pleasing to the ear/ eyes.

  2. More people enslaved today than before the abolition of slavery as a trade? More people than in Ancient Egypt/ Ancient Rome?

    Please can you provide us with the written data to support this? If not, please clarify how we came about using this as a headline.

    Your with Paws,

    • Hi myoldmansadustman,
      I’ve checked with Paul our Campaigns Director and this is based on data from the International Labour Organisation, showing there are 40 million people in slavery in the world today. The statement ‘there are more slaves than at any point in human history’ has been used by some of the world’s leading academics, including Professor Kevin Bates (Professor of Contemporary Slavery at the University of Nottingham and co-author of the Global Slavery Index).

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