By David Hanson MP / Latest News / / 0 Comments

As part of my role as Chair of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Modern Slavery Project I brought together members of Commonwealth parliaments and key stakeholders in the battle against modern slavery. In particular the deeply concerning use of bogus orphanages to syphon money and resources away from the needy.

The meeting was arranged to coincide with the Commonwealth heads of government in London.

An estimated 8 million children live in orphanages and other institutions across the world. More than 80 years of research has demonstrated that children raised in institutions are more likely to suffer life-long physical and psychological harm and experience dramatically reduced life chances.

Over 80 percent of children in institutions are not ‘orphans’ and have at least one living parent. Poverty, disability, and marginalization tear children from their families. Institutions often promise food, shelter and education – yet these promises are rarely delivered. There is a growing body of evidence highlighting how many children are being exploited: trafficked in and out of institutions, becoming victims of modern slavery. Read more “Modern Slavery: Orphanages”

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Modern slavery is a despicable crime that sees people forced into servitude from around the world. When I was shadow minister at the Home Office I was on the bill committee which debated and amended the Modern Slavery Act through the Commons. It was a welcomed first step, but at the time I was adamant that more could have been done to ensure that greater protections were put into law.

I am currently a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association – an group whereby parliaments from across the Commonwealth can meet and share ideas. We have recently worked with the Home Office to produce a report and guide to help our sister parliaments tackle this horrible crime. I hope that the minister will work with us to ensure that as many countries in the world adopt modern slavery laws.