ONE VOICE FOR FREEDOM was founded by 3 people who came together through their passion for raising awareness of the extensive abuse of human rights committed worldwide defined as modern slavery. It is a problem that blights the lives of millions of men, women and children in a range of appalling and dehumanising forms.
an extraordinary achievement, grounded in a belief that we all share basic human rights.
But since then we have taken a simple word and filed it in the pages of our
are still trapped in the most appalling and degrading conditions that can only be described by this word, SLAVERY
The sale of people as objects, forced to work for little or no pay, 365 days
a year and often under the violent control of their owners, has never stopped. It affects people of all ages, gender and race
This is why One Voice for Freedom was created.
It is a platform to promote education and understanding of the issues of slavery and forced labour worldwide.
To develop partnerships and collaborations with other organisations to promote the eradication of modern slavery and suffering of the enslaved people
We can do so much more to help rehabilitate the victims of slavery and ensure that their exploiters and those that perpetuate the scourge of slavery are deterred from committing these crimes
*During the COVIID-19 pandemic to raise funds for the procurement of emergency equipment for the vulnerable and at risk, to ensure that this equipment if ethically produced free from slavery and forced labour. To raise awareness of The Modern Slavery Act (2015) and encourage companies in the supply chain to include it in their Corporate Social Responsibility principles and practical actions
Isn’t the word slavery a bit too strong?…
Slavery defined today as “A person not in control of their own life”.
Despite the fact that it is illegal in all the countries where it is practiced, SLAVERY STILL EXISTS TODAY in many insidious forms.
A person forced to work- through mental and physical abuse or the threat of abuse like a child is used by others who profit from it in forced labour, armed conflicts, prostitution and agriculture.
A person owned or controlled by an ‘employer’ – usually through mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse like a bonded labourer tricked or trapped into working for no pay for very little money borrowed.
A person dehumanised – treated as a commodity or bought and sold as ‘property’ like a child born to a slave who is automatically considered the ‘property’ of the masters.
A person physically constrained-or has restrictions placed on his/her freedom of movement like the women trafficked around world and forced into prostitution
And so with its many forms of these abhorrent practices our list goes on… there is no other word for it…
So, from today we’re going to start calling it by it’s name, because if we start using
the word again, then we’ll begin to recognise it for what it is…slavery.………..its slavery!
One Voice for Freedom
is a registered charity in England & Wales no.
Vanita Patel MBE
Dr Christopher Cleverly
One Voice for Freedom Patrons
Sir Michael & Lady Caine
His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet
John Montagu Earl of Sandwich
Desmond Tutu Archbishop Emeritus