For 12 Years a Slave and its award winning cast the last few months have been a whirlwind of red carpets, haute couture, little gold statues and all the glitz and glamour of a Hollywood blockbuster press tour. And, as anyone who’s seen the film knows, the 134 minutes of heart-wrenching, stomach flipping story telling that was at the core of all of this is some of the most powerful movie-making of recent times.
Most importantly, Steve McQueen’s film raised an issue that most of us thought had been pretty much stamped out nearly 200 years ago: human trafficking. The basic facts alone are terrifying. 24 million people are currently in slavery across the world – more than ever before.
In the UK in 2012, 2,255 potential victims of human trafficking were found. 35% were also victims of sexual exploitation. Nearly a quarter of those were children. And with the world's attention on kidnapped Nigerian school girls it’s clear that 12 Years a Slave has highlighted something that’s not going away anytime soon.
Today sees the DVD release of 12 Years a Slave. As the hype around the film dies down, organisations like Hope for Justice will carry on fighting to rescue people from slavery across the UK. Watch the video below to hear about some of the amazing work they are doing...
They provide hands on support for victims of human trafficking and their rescue team is constantly growing, providing front line training to people most likely to come into contact with victims - mostly people who work at homeless shetlers or with the police.
But they still need help. To find out how you can get involved, or just to give a donation, head to hopeforjustice.org.uk