Posted on 26 January 2021

Just before Christmas, adult learners on our GCSE English distance learning course produced a piece of work focusing on Modern Day Slavery. Here is a great example from our student Jamie.

The rising tide of the modern slavery sea… sink or swim?

An endless ocean of tyranny and objectification, ownership and oppression. A tsunami of control, washing away freedom and drowning hope. We all know the steps taken to eliminate oceanic pollution but how do we eliminate modern slavery? We are only specks of dust in a sandstorm, how are we expected to make a difference?
Firstly, we need to identify the sectors most at risk of modern-day slavery.

Organisations requiring large work forces, cheap labour and long hours make up the bulk of modern slavery requirements.

"Occupations such as those in construction, hospitality and nail bars are more at risk of inducing those with little experience for miniscule wages."

In fact, between June 2015 and November 2017 there were over 9,000 cases of modern slavery within the UK; 27% of these fell into the construction bracket.
Sadly, modern-day slavery does not end there.

Aside from the afore-mentioned occupations, there are other more dangerous areas for these people to fall into.

Did you know that out of the 9,000 mentioned earlier, 42% of those people were children?

Children are often recruited by drug dealers to transport drugs around cities anonymously. The children undergo emotional blackmail, physical abuse and mental manipulation in order to maintain loyalty towards their captor.

Shockingly, there are over 41 million cases of modern slavery worldwide, many of which are linked to more severe crime and money laundering. By exploiting emotions and maintaining mental manipulation, the ringleaders achieve possession. With sweatshops situated in lesser developed parts of the world, the prisoners are kept isolated from the outside world whilst they work their hands to the bone. Forced to adhere to the rules set out to them by their masters, they're worked to starvation with no reward.

Therefore, it is important that we remain informed and educated on the matter at hand. We can make a small difference magnify into a big achievement. By raising awareness of the issue, we can help fan the fire and put an end to these inhumane crimes.

What will you do?

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