News: UK charities fight slavery and injustice




The World Cup in Qatar is marred with controversy: reports of migrant workers exploited, injured or killed, working in terrible conditions to build stadiums, hotels and infrastructure for the tournament. Sadly, these issues aren’t limited to this football tournament: exploitation and slavery is happening everywhere; it’s rife in the supply chains of the smartphone we check the latest score on, and in the clothing we wear.

An estimated 28 million people are in forced labour slavery globally, three million more than five years ago. Three charities, Compassion, IJM, and Tearfund have joined forces to take a stand against the injustices that force people into slavery around the world. They had this message for Sorted readers: “With your support we will help families through the global food crisis and empower communities to lift themselves out of poverty so that they are less vulnerable to traffickers; and we will bring victims of slavery and violence around the world to safety and see perpetrators brought to justice so that they can’t harm others. We believe in a God who calls us to seek justice, and that when churches and charities unite, miraculous change becomes possible.”

Desmond Tutu famously said: “There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in.”

Find out how you can get involved at: Justice United

Val Fraser

Val Fraser is a trained journalist with over 12 years’ experience working on staff in various demanding media environments. She has authored/edited thousands of articles including news, travel and features. Val has authored/contributed to nine non-fiction books. A regular columnist, she stepped up to the role of Digital Editor in September 2022 and is responsible for the Sorted Magazine website.

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