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Tackling modern slavery in Bath and North East Somerset

Bath & NE Somerset Council has held a webinar to discuss slavery and Bath’s historic links to it, as well as how modern slavery across Bath and North East Somerset is being tackled.

Local speakers explored issues including the historic legacies of architecture and the work being carried out today to identify human trafficking.

The speakers included Kate Garbers, director of @Unseen, who discussed the work of the Avon & Somerset Anti-Slavery Partnership and Dr Shawn Sobers, an associate professor at UWE Bristol who has researched topics including the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and Rastafari culture.

Kirsten Elliott, of Akeman Press, a Bath tour guide for 25 years, also talked about her research into the history of buildings.

Video: Slavery, the Bath and NES context.

Councillor Dine Romero, leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “Earlier this month I outlined my commitment to bringing people in Bath and North East Somerset together to tackle racism and confront the scourge of modern slavery. We need to have honest conversations about our city’s heritage and how we can ensure equality going forward, so this webinar will be an important first step towards this.

“I’d encourage all residents to listen to the speakers at the webinar who bring their skills, knowledge and commitment to helping us fight racism. Only by sharing ideas can we plan a more equal future together.”

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