Effective anti-slavery work must be international

To prevent exploitation in one country, it is often necessary to work in another. For example, an Albanian woman trafficked to the UK for prostitution will need help in the UK; but to prevent her from coming to the UK in the first place, she needs help in Albania. Reducing slavery in countries of destination depends upon stopping the supply of trafficked people, which must mean addressing root causes in source countries. Similarly, the systemic problems which drive slavery - organised crime, exploitation in supply chains, etc - are mostly cross-border in nature, requiring an international response.

Effective slavery prevention must be local

No two stories of slavery are identical. Many of the ‘push’ factors are linked to local environments, and, in many cases, highly specific to the person who is at risk. In rural areas, for example, traffickers often live in their communities, sometimes the perpetrators are family members. Foreign NGO workers cannot be parachuted in to address issues like these. Trust and patient accompaniment are at a premium. People from those same communities are the best placed to do this work.

No single organisation can defeat slavery 

Abolishing contemporary slavery often feels like too big a task. It is estimated that at least $150bn per year is made by modern slave-traders. Almost every part of our lives in touched by this issue, from the products we consume to the companies we use. On top of this, the criminals who benefit from exploiting others are well organised and well networked. The anti-slavery movement cannot hope to address such an intractable problem unless it similarly well organised and networks, bridging all sectors. No single organisation has the reach, scope, global footprint, or resources to achieve this.