The truth about modern slavery

A talk by Dr Rose Broad, Ella Cockbain, Professor David Gadd, Emily Kenway and Cameron Thibos
University of Manchester, UCL, University of Manchester, Independent and openDemocracy

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Apparently there are now more slaves than ever before in history. From men working in warehouses for barely any pay, to teenaged Vietnamese girls trafficked into small town nail bars, we're told that modern slavery is all around us, operating in plain sight. But is this really slavery, and is it even a new phenomenon? Why are politicians so keen to talk about trafficking and slavery today? Kenway's lauded book exposes how the idea of modern slavery operates as a political tool, undermining the real work needed to undo endemic exploitation. She is joined by UCL criminologist Dr Ella Cockbain, former director at the National Crime Agency Roy McComb and editor of the respected platform Beyond Trafficking and Slavery, Cameron Thibos.

Dr Rose Broad

Modern slavery, human trafficking

Ella Cockbain

Dr Ella Cockbain's research focuses primarily on human trafficking, child sexual abuse and labour market abuses. She is interested in rigorous, nuanced and context-sensitive approaches to understanding complex social issues.

Professor David Gadd

Criminal biographies, modern slavery, hate crimes, domesti abuse

Emily Kenway

Former policy advisor on 'modern slavery' to the UK's first Independent Anti Slavery Commissioner; subsequently to NGOs; author of book 'The Truth about Modern Slavery' (2021).


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