Why are we undertaking this research?

For the last several years, there has been growing awareness, and increased activity, around the issues of human trafficking and modern slavery.  There are many overlapping definitions, and so, estimations of the scale of these problems also vary. The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 2.5 million people in sexual or labour exploitation worldwide…

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Job opportunity: Research Associate

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE Job Reference Number: UOS022062 Contract Type: Fixed-term from 6 May 2019 until 31 March 2020 Department: Sociological Studies Salary: Grade 7, £31,302 – £39,609 per annum Closing Date: 23rd April 2019 Summary: Are you interested in working for a world top 100 University? The Department of Sociological Studies has a major international reputation for excellence in research…

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Unhidden in Plain Sight

We are excited to announce that ‘Unhidden in Plain Sight‘ will be exhibited in the Sheffield Winter Garden 20-30 September 2018. We previously posted here about our project funded by the Festival of the Mind, to work with photographer Jeremy Abrahams, and anti-trafficking organisations Ashiana, City Hearts and Snowdrop. The project has undergone a name…

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Troubling Anti-Trafficking Imagery

Anti-trafficking imagery is designed to be troubling and arresting. Images used in anti-modern slavery campaigns and communications are hugely dominated by depictions of chains or ropes, or people with exposed flesh and marked skin. Dominant anti-trafficking images too often objectify and victimise the people the organisations using them seek to support. This risks ‘secondary exploitation’…

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The faith modern slavery nexus

There is an urgency of response to an ostensibly growing issue of human trafficking and modern slavery. Faith-based organisations have an increasingly visible role in responses to human trafficking, not just through awareness raising among faith congregations, but also as recipients of statutory and charitable funds to provide services to trafficked persons. Three principal terrains…

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