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A Gospel Response to Human Trafficking

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  • There are at least 30 million slaves in the world today.
  • Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry on the planet.
  • Trafficking, slavery and exploitation are issues in every nation on earth – including here in Wales.
  • What does God think about this injustice?
  • How should the church respond?
  • Can anything be done to stand against the spread of this evil industry?

Join us for an evening of challenge, insight, provocation and ultimately hope as Dai Hankey (Pastor of Hill City Church and leader of Red Community) shares statistics, stories and Scripture that will open our eyes, break our hearts and stir up faith for the trafficked, exploited and enslaved.

Date: Thursday 19th February Venue: The Little Crown, Wainfelin Time: 7:30pm

Vulnerable man forced to work as a 'slave' in South Wales

For the second day in a row modern day slavery is making headlines on the Welsh news. Cardiff Crown Court are hearing the testimony of a vulnerable man who was kept as 'slave' for 13 years on a farm in South Wales. Once again, the details of exploitation and cruelty suffered by this man are shocking. However, again the fact that this case has made it into the courts for the perpetrators to face justice must be celebrated. Let's keep praying for freedom and justice in our land. Here's how the BBC are reporting it:

A "terrified" vulnerable man was made to live in a shed while working unpaid for 13 years, a jury has heard.

Homeless Darrell Simester said he was picked up on a dual carriageway by the Doran family and taken to Cariad Farm, near Newport.

The 44-year-old told Cardiff Crown Court he carried on working the day after he fractured his hip.

Daniel Doran, 67, and David Daniel Doran, 42, deny requiring him to perform forced or compulsory labour.

The charges against the father and son cover a period between 2010 and 2013.

However, the court has heard how Mr Simester had been missing for 13 years, living on the Dorans' farm.

Giving evidence on Wednesday via a video link , Mr Simester told a jury that he had only two days off - once to attend a fair in Brecon, Powys, and once to go out for a New Year's Eve celebration.

WheelbarrowMr Simester, from Kidderminster, Worcestershire, said: "I would start work at 7am and sometimes finish at 10pm or 11pm."

He added: "I fell off a horse one day. I fell on to concrete flooring.

"Somebody then got a wheelbarrow and stuck me in it. They took me to the shed I was living in. I was crying my eyes out at first.

"Was I taken to the hospital (straight away)? No. The following day I just carried on as normal working... mucking out the horses and cleaning them."

The court heard Mr Simester was taken to hospital two days after the accident - where he later had an operation on his hip.

He added: "I gave the doctors a different name (when I was in hospital). I told them I had fallen off a wall. Why did I give a false name? Somebody told me to give a false name. I can't remember who it was. I felt terrified and terrible."

Washed in a trough Mr Simester claimed he lived in a shed, which had rats and no washing facilities.

He ate two meals a day on his own in the outbuilding, which he said had a settee, table and chair and fire heater.

"I used the horse trough to have a wash," said Mr Simester.

For more than a decade he was not given soap and never used a toothbrush, the court heard.

When he developed toothache, Mr Simester was "disgusted" that David Daniel Doran gave him whisky to ease the pain.

He claimed he continued working despite a hernia the size of a grapefruit.

"It used to give me pain every day when I had it," said Mr Simester.

He had only one set of clothes when he arrived - a T-shirt, jumper, jeans and a leather jacket, which he used as a blanket when he slept. He was occasionally given different items of clothes while he was there.

The court heard Mr Simester was "terrified" of the two defendants. He said David Doran had thrown a spade at him, although it missed, while his son had thrown a block of wood at him, which had hit his head.

Slept rough The jury also heard how Mr Simester had to cross a horses' paddock to use a toilet that did not flush.

John Hipkin, prosecuting, showed the jury and Mr Simester a photograph of the shed, which was taken after he had left. It had a fridge-freezer, a table and chairs and other items of furniture.

Mr Simester said it was not furnished in that way during his stay.

He told the court he left school at 18 and found work unloading lorries in his hometown while living in a bedsit.

He said he met a man called Jimmy Loveridge, who took him to live in his wooden garden shed. He would give the family £100 of his £120 weekly wage from working in a warehouse.

When the Loveridge family took him with them on holiday to Porthcawl, Mr Simester said he fled from them and walked 40 miles (63 km) to Newport, where he slept rough in a car park.

He said he was walking along a dual carriageway near Taffs Well, Rhondda Cynon Taf, when he met Thomas Doran, another son of the defendant, who offered him work at his father's farm in Peterstone, Newport.

The trial continues.

Human Trafficking on the Rise in Cardiff

Once again human trafficking has made the news in South Wales. BBC Wales have just reported that trafficking is on the rise in our capital, Cardiff. We have posted the article in full below. You can also access the original article by Steve Duffy here.

_77303731_traffickingmedium2-1 Human trafficking in Cardiff is increasing year-on-year, with women being exploited for sex and children forced to work, says a new report.

The number of children at significant risk of exploitation in the city has more than doubled, new figures show.

Trafficking cases across Wales also rose from 34 to 50 in the last year.

But experts say the figures are only the tip of the iceberg - with many cases not officially recorded.

A task force set up by Cardiff council heard from police and many of the 50 different bodies working on the issue.

"The evidence demonstrates that trafficking in Cardiff is increasing, for all types and for all reasons," says its report.

DOMESTIC SERVITUDE

The number of children in the city regarded as being at "significant risk" of sexual exploitation has jumped from 12 to 28 between 2012/2013 and 2013/2104, according to the children's charity Barnardo's.

The council task force found:

  • The internal trafficking of children for sexual exploitation is the "biggest issue" in south Wales according to police
  • There are small opportunistic pockets of abusers as opposed to organised crime gangs from overseas
  • Children are also believed to be being put to work in places like cannabis factories
  • Children privately fostered may be being used for domestic servitude
  • Three quarters of the 50 official cases in Wales involve women, and 18 involve sexual exploitation

The report also points to five court cases in the area in the last three years, including the case in January of a couple jailed for trafficking two Czech women to work as prostitutes.

There was another trafficking case which saw women moved around the UK including to two places in Cardiff.

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Cardiff council has been regarded as leading the field in tackling trafficking but it is looking at what more it can do.

This includes raising awareness at spotting signs of trafficking and improving training for staff.

Another concern has been a two-year waiting list for those who have been exploited and need help for post-traumatic stress.

There are also concerns some victims have been offered unsuitable accommodation and qualified social workers have not been available when cases are first referred.

'EXPLOITATION'

The Black African Women Step Out (Bawso) charity which helps victims of exploitation from ethnic communities, said trafficking has always existed but there is now more awareness from professionals in health and education.

Dr Mwenya Chimba, director of violence against women at Bawso, said: "The problem is very big but the referrals don't reflect the extent of it.

"More recently it's not just the sex trade but forced labour and other forms of exploitation."


Case study - Mary

Mary travelled to the UK from West Africa illegally when she was 14.

She believed she was travelling to a job looking after children in London which would allow her to go to school herself.

But when she arrived in London, after using counterfeit travel documents, she was taken to a house where there were five other girls of various nationalities being forced to work as prostitutes.

She spent a year at the house being made to work as a prostitute and her earnings were confiscated.

Police spotted her during a raid at the house and she was placed in foster care before being referred to the anti-trafficking team.

She was given help and refuge accommodation in Cardiff where it emerged she was pregnant.

She is waiting for a decision to be made on her claim for asylum.

Mary's name has been changed


Yvonne Rodgers, director of Barnardo's Cymru, said closer work between police, councils and the charity had led to more children identified as being at risk of trafficking, more referrals and more protection for victims.

"We need to continue this pattern and see the police authorities in Wales using their full range of law enforcement and disruption tactics to arrest and deter the abusers and protect children from this horrific abuse," she added.

A large number of cases in UK are from countries like Nigeria, Vietnam, China, Albania and Romania.

A council spokesperson said two of its committees had produced a "comprehensive and useful report on this important issue, which takes many forms and which has a profound impact on both children and adults".

It said it looked forward to seeing the recommendations implemented soon.

Please keep praying for Cardiff:

  • That God would grant justice, healing and freedom for all who are being trafficked, exploited and enslaved.
  • That God would thwart the schemes of the wicked and that traffickers would be brought to justice.
  • That God would bless all who are on the frontline reaching out to victims of trafficking, as well as all those involved in exposing the crimes and confronting the criminals who are guilty of human trafficking.
  • And let's not stop praying until Cardiff is a slave-free city!