Slavery is not an issue confined to history, or an issue that exists only in certain countries. It is a global problem that is still happening today, and the UK is no exception.
In 2015, there were 3266 recorded victims of modern slavery in the UK. However, this number only counts for those that were encountered, who then testified. This, coupled with slavery’s hidden nature means that actual numbers are undoubtedly far higher.
* Scientific Adviser for the Home Office Prof. Bernard Silverman, has estimated that there are 13,000 slaves in the UK today. This estimation is referred to as “the dark figure”.
Modern slavery and human trafficking transcends age, gender and ethnicities, and spans across industries such as agriculture, health care and the sex trade, to name a few. Although it may be difficult to determine what problems exist where, it is certain that modern slavery exists everywhere.
The Dark Figure* is an ongoing project, mapping the immediate surrounding neighbourhoods where victims have been held as modern slaves.
Visit the dedicated website for The Dark Figure* at www.thedarkfigure.co.uk and follow the project on Twitter and Instagram: @the_dark_figure.
Click here to purchase The Dark Figure* DIY newspaper exhibiton and help raise awareness for Anti-Slavery Day this coming October 18th.