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Human Trafficking and Wentworth Castle

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is the acquisition of a person, by means of deception or coercion, and transporting them illegally from one area to another for the purpose of exploitation. This exploitation is often termed as modern slavery and takes many forms. In the UK, modern slavery is most commonly forced labour in the agricultural, construction and fishing industries, sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, and forced criminal activity. Recent figures show there could be as many as 13,000 victims held in modern slavery in the UK alone. The uncertainty exists because the victims of human trafficking are often ?hidden in the shadows? and concrete statistics are often elusive.

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Wentworth Castle

Northern College is housed at Wentworth Castle, a historic mansion set in Grade 1 listed parkland. The former owner of Wentworth Castle built up its estate and grounds using money made from the slave trade. The Earl of Strafford, Thomas Wentworth, was Britain?s representative for the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, which included an agreement for Britain to sell African slaves in the Spanish colonies. A statue of a slave still remains within the castle grounds. In more recent years, the Grade I listed building has had a happier history.

College Principal, Jill Westerman said "There is welcome irony in the college hosting this programme as the Wentworth Castle estate was built on profits from Britain?s involvement in the slave trade. We are proud that this unique programme will help to redress the balance. As an adult residential college specialising in helping those with the greatest of needs, we feel that our environment is the best setting to trial this programme."

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