Bishops’ meeting reveals shocking extent of human slavery in East Anglia

The wide extent of human slavery in parts of East Anglia was revealed at a meeting between representatives of the Catholic Church, local police forces and the office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner last week.

The meeting was initiated by the Bishop of East Anglia, Rt Rev Alan Hopes and was led by Bishop Patrick Lynch, chairman of the office of migration policy for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW).

The round-table discussion heard from Catholic priests and specialist police officers with detailed knowledge of vulnerable communities in the region from Eastern Europe, Africa and the Far East.

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