Modern Day Slavery


Consumer Perspectives, London, 21 Apr 2017

Seminar – Modern Day Slavery: Consumer Perspectives

Location: Senate House, 11 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3RF

Date: 21st April 2017, 8.45am -3.30pm

At the 10th seminar of the ESRC Ethics in Consumption: Interdisciplinary Perspectives series, we will cover the theme of Modern Day Slavery: Consumer Perspectives.

It is estimated that at least 1,243,400 people are modern slaves across Europe. Many of these people are victims of human trafficking and are enslaved in industries such as domestic work, agriculture, restaurants/food service, and the sex trade, with women and girls representing the largest share of forced labour victims, working and living amongst us – in our local communities. Despite this physical – and often intimate – proximity, we fail to see them or their plight. These localised enslaved people remain invisible even when the distance between production and consumption has been bridged.

In this seminar we seek to explore how can we, as affluent westernised consumers, remain blind to the plight of enslaved people when we are interacting with them in our everyday consumption lives, and how can this invisibility shrouding modern slaves in our communities be removed? This multi-stakeholder/disciplinary seminar seeks to explore and respond to these important questions.

Guest speakers include:

  • Aidan McQuade, Director of Anti-Slavery
  • Phil Bloomer, Executive Director of Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
  • David Capperauld, Co-Founder of SP Sourcing
  • Professor Rohit Varman, Deakin University
  • Cindy Berman, Head of Knowledge and Learning, Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)
  • Further speakers to be announced closer to the seminar

Further information



This is a free event and open to all. To attend you must register in advance at: