SI Tenby President Sonia Evans was delighted to present a cheque to Major David Morgans to help the Salvation Army in its work to assist the victims of modern slavery.

The money was raised by Dr Anne Kelly, BEM, when she presented the Welsh Government anti-slavery awareness programme to Tenby Mothers’ Union earlier in the year.

The Salvation Army is one of the first providers in Wales for the vulnerable victims of trafficking and SI Tenby is proud to be able, again, to support them.

Only a month ago Tenby Salvation Army was able to provide aid for a victim of slavery in South Pembrokeshire and to help them start to reclaim their freedom.

Centuries after slavery was officially abolished, thousands of people are still being exploited and sold as slaves across the UK.

They can be forced to work in the sex trade, used as domestic slaves, exploited for labour or criminal activity, or have their organs removed to be sold. 

Victims trafficked into the UK often are often unable to speak English, have their travel and identity documents removed, and are told that if they try to attempt an escape, they or their families will be harmed.

The Salvation Army believes many lives can be saved and many others prevented from months – even years – of suffering unnecessarily if more people were aware that victims can access support and if members of the public were equipped to spot the signs of modern slavery. 

Dr. Anne Kelly and SI Tenby continue in their campaign to make the public aware of this shocking crime, and one which affects women in greater numbers than men.

It is a worldwide, ever-growing criminal activity and one of the most aggressive and inhumane forms of human exploitation.