Slav­ery cases rise in Wales

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THERE has been a dra­matic in­crease in cases of mod­ern slav­ery in Wales, new fig­ures re­veal.

Re­ported cases of mod­ern slav­ery in Wales have in­creased by 56% com­pared to last year, ac­cord­ing to Welsh Gov­ern­ment statis­tics.

Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Vaughan Gething AM told a gath­er­ing of public ser­vice work­ers that 193 re­fer­rals of po­ten­tial vic­tims of slav­ery were made in Wales in 2017.

Ac­cord­ing to fig­ures from the In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­gan­i­sa­tion, there are more peo­ple in slav­ery to­day across the world than in the en­tire 350-year his­tory of the transat­lantic slave trade.

Mr Gething recorded a video ad­dress ahead of a Uni­son Cymru Wales event in Bute­town Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Cardiff.

The event was or­gan­ised by the union’s black mem­bers to mark In­ter­na­tional Day for Re­mem­brance of the Slave Trade and its Abo­li­tion.

Chair of Uni­son’s Black Mem­bers Group Kebba Man­neh said: “There are more peo­ple in slav­ery to­day across the world, than in the en­tire 350-year his­tory of the transat­lantic slave trade and slav­ery in Wales is on the rise.

“It could be the woman trapped in servi­tude or traf­ficked into the sex trade, the man in forced labour or the child who has been traf­ficked by crim­i­nal gangs and suf­fered hor­ren­dous abuse.

“Trade unions have a ma­jor role in the fight against mod­ern slav­ery.

“With 100,000 mem­bers in Wales, Uni­son can help ed­u­cate our mem­bers and the wider com­mu­nity in recog­nis­ing the signs of ex­ploita­tion.”

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