Christian charity welcomes PM’s ‘moral courage’ to tackle modern day slavery


Theresa May is announcing a new transparency registry at a UN summit in Switzerland that will include listing companies using slaves – so shoppers are aware.

The plans also include £10m of government funding to prevent children in Africa being exploited by the farming industry.


David Westlake, CEO of anti slavery organisation IJM told Premier: “Well, I want to start by saying this is an area where Theresa May has actually made a stand and led the world really in terms of naming modern slavery as an issue.

“In your News Hour, today, well, while this 60 minutes goes on, 120 children will be sold into slavery. And that’s sold into sweatshops and factories and brothels, and of course children should be in families and playgrounds and schools.

“This is an area where she has had some moral courage and led the world.”

In 2014, the Home Office estimated there was between 10,000 and 13,000 potential victims in the UK – just 2,340 of those were officially reported and recorded.

Mrs May, who stepped down as leader of the governing Conservative Party earlier this month, is also due to call on world leaders to face up to their “moral duty” and take action to halt modern slavery.

Speaking at the United Nations’ International Labour Organisation centenary conference in Geneva, Mrs May will urge business and political representatives to do more to protect the millions of…

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