Is human trafficking actually happening in Wales? This is a question that I get asked a lot, especially now that Red Community is starting to gather pace and people are starting to appreciate that this is something I’m passionate about. Anyway, as you might expect it is very difficult to obtain accurate data due to the nature of the crime and the fear that many feel in reporting it. However, I can confirm that trafficking is very much an issue in Wales, as this Welsh Government video makes painfully clear:
So, tragically human trafficking is happening in Wales. However, I was encouraged to receive an email from Wales’ anti-slavery coordinator earlier this week informing me that it would also seem that awareness is increasing and there has been a sharp rise in it being reported. Indeed there was a massive 47% increase in slavery cases reported in Wales from 2012 to 2013. This is encouraging and must be celebrated as an answer to prayer. But there is still much to be done.
We are by no means the only gig in town, but if you’re in South Wales and keen to know how you might be able to get involved in a gospel-centred response to human trafficking in Wales, why not hook up with us at Red Community. We’d love to connect with you.