Frank Field MP
Your MP for Birkenhead
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The desire to fight what we must call ‘modern slavery’

26
Jun
The Birkenhead Soroptimists, part of an international network of professional women, celebrated 80 years of service to the local community on Saturday.  Birkenhead Town Hall was packed with guests.

Exhibitions detailed the range of charities that the Soroptimists support.  They also brought a number of items from their archives.

I was particularly interested in the work local Soroptimists are currently undertaking.  They told me of their efforts to counter what has been termed ‘human trafficking’. 
 
They are particularly concerned about how young women are sold into the sex trade.  They saw this quite rightly as a modern form of slavery.

I had a chance to tell them of the work I'm doing in Parliament to counter this evil crime. Getting a consensus around a change of terminology from human trafficking to modern slavery has been the first
task.  The government are now committed to this goal. 

The image that all slaves are trafficked into the country is also mistaken.  The recruitment and exploitation of British and non-British victims (men, women and children) is taking place within the UK and
is a major problem.

I'm hoping the government will bring forward new legislation to counter modern slavery. And what I learnt on Saturday was how active local groups like the Soroptimists would want to be in helping make that act effective.

They showed me how ready local groups are to tackle modern day evils, and how the pioneering spirits of 80 years ago are as strong as ever.
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