Modern slavery is the fastest growing crime in the world – with an estimated 50 million victims worldwide and more than 100,000 in the UK alone.
It is a notoriously difficult crime to investigate, with those responsible becoming rich on the back of the brutality of others. So how can we combat it?
Join us for a panel event hosted alongside our charity partner, award-winning anti-slavery charity Justice and Care, to hear from leading experts across the media, business, law and politics – together they will share stories from the frontline and discuss what more can be done to end this crime.
Julie Etchingham is a leading British journalist and ITN presenter and has reported on the issue of human trafficking for years – meeting survivors from Africa, Asia and Europe. She is passionate about using her skill and voice to raise awareness about modern slavery and to ensure governments respond effectively to the issue.
Caroline Haughey KC OBE is a criminal barrister specialising in prosecuting modern slavery and trafficking cases. She prosecuted the first modern slavery case in the UK and has been involved in many of the most significant prosecutions since, including the largest ever labour trafficking and exploitation case in Europe. Caroline helped draft the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and advises other countries on legislation and effective prosecution of human trafficking and exploitation cases.
Christian Guy is the Chief Executive at Justice and Care, an anti-slavery charity working in the UK, mainland Europe and South Asia. He has a background of working in Westminster, including in 10 Downing Street and as Chief Executive of the Centre for Social Justice. He oversaw a study into human trafficking in the UK, It Happens Here, which led to the 2015 Modern Slavery Act.
Matt Crossman is the Stewardship Director at Rathbones, an investment and wealth management company. Holding £60 billion in client assets, Rathbones uses its influence to help ensure companies consider issues such as human rights and climate change, including in their supply chains. Matt and his team lead on this work, believing it brings benefits for business and wider society. Julie Currie worked as a Detective for the Metropolitan Police for 32 years. During her time in the Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Unit, she set up a dedicated victim referral team, the first of its kind in the UK. On retirement from the police, Julie joined Justice and Care as a Victim Navigator embedded in the Met Police, providing support and wrap-around care for survivors whilst encouraging engagement with the judicial process. Julie is now the Victim Navigator Programme Coordinator for the UK.
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