Floodlight is a new podcast series from The Anti-Slavery Collective which looks to raise awareness of modern slavery and explore how we can all help rid the world of this global epidemic.
It is a hidden crime, but it happens in every community and affects us all. Slavery is in the clothes we wear, the food we eat, and the products we buy.
Research from the International Labour Organisation and Walk Free Foundation’s Global Estimates of Modern Slavery found there are more people living in modern slavery than at any other point in history.
Over 10 episodes, HRH Princess Eugenie and Julia, co-founders of The Anti-Slavery Collective, speak to survivors and campaigners. It includes real stories from the people who prosecute, the people fighting for change and the brave testimony of a survivor.
Floodlight shows just how prominent slavery is and that we can all do something about it.
HRH Princess Eugenie said: “Our story began in 2012 when Julia and I visited a safehouse for trafficked women in Kolkata, India. We were shocked to discover the extent to which slavery still exists. We spent the next 5 years educating ourselves.
“We became obsessive investigators and would visit anyone who could help us expand our knowledge, from policy makers, law enforcement agencies and academics, to NGOs, social workers and survivors. In 2017, we set up The Anti-Slavery Collective with a mission to raise awareness.”
Julia de Boinville added: “We are two best friends who have curated a platform to connect abolitionists through cross sector collaboration, so we can unite, educate and activate. We believe two heads are better than one, and, when we stand united, we have a greater chance of success”
Floodlight guests are:
Caroline Haughey OBE QC: Leading lawyer in modern slavery and trafficking in the UK involved in advising and drafting the Modern Slavery Act (2015)
Dame Emma Thompson: Actor, activist and Chair of the Helen Bamber Foundation which works with the survivors of extreme trauma, including trafficking
Wumi: Survivor of child labour and domestic servitude in the UK
Ricky & Dean: Ex-Special Forces who are currently intercepting traffickers at the Ukraine border.
Dr Katy Robjant: Clinical psychologist specialising in the treatment of trauma related disorders in survivors of trafficking, specifically child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Nick Beighton: Former CEO of ASOS who is passionate about eradicating the fashion industry’s supply chains of forced labour.
Kevin Bales: Co-Founder of Free the Slaves and Research Director of Nottingham’s Rights Lab with over 20 years experience in the field.
Cindy McCain: Philanthropist and businesswoman. Co-chair of the Arizona Governor’s Council on human trafficking and Chair of the McCain Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council.
Nick Dale: Detective Chief Inspector and Senior Investigating Officer for Operation Fort, the UK’s largest modern slavery investigation.
Ian Urbina: Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist who has reported extensively on modern slavery at sea.
New episodes of Floodlight are available every weekday from today, Wednesday 27 April on Apple, Spotify, Acast and all podcast providers.