Magazine article Geographical

Breaking Bonds

Magazine article Geographical

Breaking Bonds

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Slavery can often seem like an issue far removed from modern-day consciousness. But. of course, it's a very real, very contemporary problem for millions of people around the world. Even when we do acknowledge it, it's still too often thought of as only being an issue 'far overseas', but as recent headlines documenting the scale of slavery in the UK today show, this isn't something that we can or should ignore, wherever it occurs.

Stories of the horrific mental, physical and sexual abuse inflicted on entire families, depressingly often on young females, by people motivated only by short-term greed, rightly shock and appal and as a parent it's hard to countenance the notion of similar happening to your own child. Which is why the heroic actions taken by activists such as Veeru Kohli and Ghulam Hyder (page 48) are to be applauded at the same time as news of initiatives such as the Modern Slavery Bill by the UK government should be scrutinised to ensure such measures go far enough towards ending this blight on humanity. …

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