Open Forum on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

On the 16th of October 2023, the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Divine Wisdom played host to a momentous gathering organised by the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain. Scholars and attendees convened in the Cathedral’s Crypt for the open forum, “The Realities of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery”.

Under the coordination of Dr. Petre Breazu of the University of Cambridge, the evening was graced with insights from distinguished scholars:

  • Dr. Carole Murphy of St. Mary’s University, drawing upon her vast experience as the Director of the Bakhita Centre for Research on Slavery, Exploitation, and Abuse.
  • Dr. Katerina Hadjimatheou from the University of Essex, who brought forward her research on the convergence of technology and policing in the realm of human trafficking.
  • Dr. Ronan Lee from Loughborough University London, shedding light on contemporary challenges around human trafficking.

The discussion was not only academic in nature but also practical. Participants deeply engaged in a fruitful exchange of ideas and experiences, tapping into the unique perspectives of each scholar as they grappled with the multifaceted challenges of human exploitation across the globe. Following the presentations, the scholars and attendees had the opportunity to continue their discussions over a meal, fostering a more collaborative atmosphere.

The Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain takes pride in catalysing such enlightening dialogues. We remain steadfast in our mission to foster understanding, unity, and collective action against global adversities such as human trafficking.