Below is a template email that you can use to send to your MP. Feel free to amend it, copy me into the email and let them know that I am happy to help too! Emailing your MP will really help in the fight against slavery on a local level. Happy writing!
Subject: Addressing the issue of modern slavery and human trafficking in our constituency.
Dear [insert name of MP],
I hope that you are well and keeping safe during these times.
Globally, there are 45.8 million people trapped in slavery with human beings being the fastest growing product. In the UK alone, the International Labour Organisation estimates that there are 136,000 people trapped in slavery; from car washes and nail bars to schools and homes, slavery is occurring all around us. Did you know that the average price for a child in the UK is £70?
Recent reports have shown that there has been a ten-fold increase in slavery in London over the past five years and by 72% since 2019 across the UK. Slavery is closer than we think. Moreover, during this pandemic, people have and are becoming increasingly economically vulnerable and children are spending large amounts of time online which means people are at risk of being exploited by traffickers. Modern slavery is an issue that is occurring all across the UK, potentially even in your constituency; it is time to act.
What is our borough doing to help tackle and address this issue on a local level? I would like to propose that our council adopts a strategic meeting framework for the borough to raise awareness, share information and proactively work together to ensure a consistent and robust approach to tackling modern slavery; utilising this shared strategy and resulting action plans to achieve a set of shared aims and objectives. Partnership aims can be achieved through the voluntary commitment of member agencies to work together effectively in support of an agreed vision and strategic approach.
The strategy should address six strategic priorities that drive the anti-slavery work, including raising awareness, increasing reporting, delivering quality training, supporting victims, as well as supporting law enforcement in the pursuing and catching of criminals.
I would be delighted to speak to you further if you are interested in setting up a something like this in our constituency and would be more than happy to offer any assistance that is necessary.
Thank you for taking the time to read this email and I look forward to hearing your response.