Is slavery a thing of the past? Find out at Banchory talk

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A talk at Banchory West Church will address shocking statistics about slavery today which the IJM is seeking to redress.

There are now an estimated 27 million slaves in the world, more than at any other time in history. Children below the age of 18 represent 40-50% of all forced labour victims. In a recent, wide-ranging survey conducted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 40% of countries had not registered a single conviction against perpetrators of trafficking and slavery, which is crucial for deterrence.

Rt Rev John Chalmers, moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, said: “The IJM (International Justice Mission) takes on the cause of those whose destiny is poverty, servitude and pain.

‘‘They speak truth to power. They rescue many thousands from the clutches of injustice and they work to bring about cultural and societal changes which lead to long-term changes to the conditions in which the world’s poorest people exist.”

Regional Development Executive for Scotland, Andy Bevan, will speak about the work of the IJM in Banchory West Church Sanctuary on Sunday, February 8.

The talk will begin at 7.30 with doors opening at 7pm.

Entrance to the event is free.

For more information on the talk, entitled ‘Slavery and People Trafficking’, visit or email