On February 8th each year, Pope Francis calls an International Day of Prayer for Awareness Against Human Trafficking. This day is recognised on the Feast Day of St. Josephine Bakhita, a patron for all victims of trafficking.
To mark this year, the Diocese of Salford is pleased to share its first diocesan Modern Slavery Statement. It is published jointly with Caritas Diocese of Salford, The Cathedral Centre Bookshop, and SDC Trading, the organisation that looks after our parish centres.
This Modern Slavery statement builds on Caritas’ partnership with the Medaille Trust, the work already undertaken by Caritas Anti-Trafficking, which began as an initiative by parish volunteers in Our Lady of the Valley Parish, Clitheroe in 2015 and working with East Lancashire Police to raise awareness.
What can your parish do?
1 – Pray for an end to Modern Slavery and the trafficking of human persons globally and in our communities;
2 – Learn about the nature and extent of trafficking in our communities and know how to identify and respond to concerns about people who may be at risk of being in modern slavery or trafficked:
Call the Modern Slavery Hotline Helpline number 08000 121 700 to report a suspicion or seek advice.
Ring 999 if you need the Police to response urgently.
Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 to report your concerns.
For young people – contact Fearless (https://www.fearless.org/en) as a safe place to give information about crime anonymously.
Download apps like the Clewer ‘Car wash app’ and ‘Farm app’ on to your phone.
3 – Identify and reflect on where they are procuring goods and services – are they choosing reputable businesses who pay staff properly (e.g. building or groundsworking companies, are they paying a fair ‘Living Wage’)
The Diocese and Caritas will also be on hand to support your parish in training and implementation of new codes of conduct, as we move forward together in this journey.