STOP PRESS - 8th February 2018
Modern slavery raid at Cornwall flower-picking farm. About 200 migrants are at the centre of a modern slavery police raid at a Cornwall flower-picking farm. Three men were arrested on suspicion of slavery offences in the raid at Bosahan Farm, Helston. BBC website
In the 19th century William Wilberforce was successful in seeing the passing into law of the Slavery Abolition Act 1833. He had for many years been fighting against forceful opposition to see this piece of legislation come into force. This Act was in effect the beginning of the collapse of slavery in his day.
Slavery in international law is governed by a number of treaties, conventions and declarations. Foremost among these is the Universal Declaration on Human Rights that states in article 4: "No one should be held in slavery or servitude. Slavery in all of its forms should be eliminated."
Try a quick online search under the heading: "Abolition of Slavery" and you will find many organisations that are working to see an end to slavery. They are doing excellent work in rescuing slaves from various situations of enslavement but slavery rather than being on the decline is very much increasing around the world.
Wilberforce Two Trust is a newly formed charity that is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the evil of slavery by any and all means. Slavery cannot end without the will of governments One of our primary goals is to work to encourage governments to legislate against modern slavery in their own nations. As with William Wilberforce, we see this as a monumental task, but with your help and with our determination we will effect a change.