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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Webinar: 'The truth about modern slavery' with Emily Kenway

IPPR is delighted to invite you to an event to mark the launch of a new book by Emily Kenway.

This will take place on Tuesday 23rd February at 16:00-17:30, online via Zoom (which can be accessed via internet or phone line).

In 2019, over 10,000 possible victims of slavery were found in the UK. From men working in Sports Direct warehouses for no pay, to teenaged Vietnamese girls trafficked into small town nail bars, we're told that modern slavery is all around us, operating in plain sight. But what is modern slavery really about? Is it a new phenomenon? And why are political and corporate elites now treating it as 'one of the great human rights issues of our time', when they often ignore the exploitation of those at the bottom of the economic pile?

Emily Kenway’s new book The Truth About Modern Slavery reveals how 'modern slavery' operates as a political story, used by those in power to cloak the harms of the 'hostile environment' towards migrants, legitimise big brands' exploitation of the poorest workers and oppress those most marginalised in society.

Emily Kenway is a former policy adviser to the UK's first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. She has written on modern slavery and related issues for a wide range of publications, including The Guardian, Times Literary Supplement and Huffington Post.

Our speakers:

  • Emily Kenway, writer and author of ‘The Truth About Modern Slavery’
  • Alex Norris MP
  • Peter Olayiwola, Postgraduate Research Student, University of Nottingham 
  • Lucy Mort, Research Fellow, IPPR
  • Carys Roberts, Executive Director, IPPR

An exclusive discount code for 30% off both the paperback and ebook will be shared with attendees.

Please register for your ticket using the link below. Joining instructions will be shared with you following registration.

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