Male modern slavery

Celebrity-backed modern slavery campaign launched for International Men’s Day

A host of London celebrities have joined a film campaign that raises awareness of male modern slavery ahead of International Men’s Day on Sunday 19 November.

The celebrities, that include the likes of Wandsworth’s Dr Ranj Singh and darts legend Bobby George, have partnered with the charity Causeway to produce a campaign film.

Causeway estimate that 100,000 are trapped in modern slavery in the UK, with three quarters of them men.

Causeway chief operating officer, Amy Bond, says that people are often surprised to learn that men are disproportionately affected by the issue.

She said: “There are unique challenges when it comes to protecting and supporting male modern slavery victims.

“We are so grateful to have the support of these 19 wonderful men who are using their influence and platforms to bring awareness to the truly shocking statistics.”

Causeway are a national charity that aims to support marginalised and vulnerable people and their modern slavery services include safe houses, community programmes and rehabilitation.

In all, 19 male celebrities have joined for the campaign to produce the Hidden Men of Modern Slavery film ahead of Sunday’s International Men’s Day.

They include Steven Fry and Ken Hom, alongside a selection of famous London faces such as Singh and George.

George said: “It was terrible to hear just how many people are affected, not just globally, but also right here in the UK.

The fact the majority of modern slavery victims currently identified in the UK are men really surprised me, and I’m proud to join up with Causeway to help raise awareness of this.”

DJ and broadcaster Pat Sharp added: “The Hidden Men of Modern Slavery campaign is so important in raising awareness of the increased modern slavery risk men can face.

“I’d love everyone to support the campaign and help us build a world free of trafficking, exploitation and modern slavery.”

To watch Causeway’s video click here.

Featured image credit: Causeway

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