The UK BME Anti-Slavery Network (BASNET) established by AFRUCA is the first network in the UK and in Europe dedicated to promoting equality, inclusion and diversity in the anti-trafficking and anti-slavery space. Our Network members are registered charities or community interest companies working in diaspora communities affected by modern slavery.
Over the years there has been increasing challenges on the narratives of Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people who might have experienced human trafficking on the grounds of their perceived sexual orientation and gender identity. We believe to some extent that these could also include some level of labour and financial exploitation. There are so many hidden and untold stories of LGBTQ folks being trafficked and or victimized by modern day slavery. The acute shame of being LGBTQ makes this a victimless crime as many people don’t come forward.
BASNET in partnership with House of Rainbow and African Rainbow Family sought to explore the realities of the intersecting issues identified in BASNET’s Racial Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Action plan which was launched on the 15th of July 2021 and has since generated an impactful conversation around the theme to create awareness and effect change in policy and practice.
This advocacy discussion was centered on issues that plague the BME LGBTQ community members in hope that it will stir a conversation on what is going on and create an avenue to collaborate with organisations in the modern slavery and anti-trafficking sector in finding lasting solutions. Read the full report