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Lord Mayor to plant six roses to raise awareness of modern slavery - 23/03/17
The Lord Mayor of Kingston upon Hull and Admiral of the Humber, Councillor Sean Chaytor, will be planting six roses in Queens Gardens as part of a region-wide campaign to raise awareness of modern slavery.

On Sunday 26 March at 11am the Lord Mayor will plant six beautiful floribunda peach-coloured tea roses, to commemorate the plight of the thousands of people still in forms of slavery across the UK.

The rose planting campaign is being led by Professor Gary Craig together with the Anti-Trafficking Student Group of the University of York Students Union and, to date, has drawn in anti-slavery groups and departments in Hull University as well as universities in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumbria, Manchester, York, Leeds, and York St John. Other organisations involved include Hull College of Art and design, where students are working on anti-slavery projects, the police, women's institutes, gardening clubs, public health organisations, local authority parks and gardens, local authorities and organisations supporting refugees.

Professor Craig said:
""The rose is a spinoff from the Modern Slavery Garden, created for the Chelsea Flower Show and aims to communicate the existence of modern slavery widely across the UK. This date was specifically chosen as it is the second anniversary of the passage of the Modern Slavery Act through Parliament; the first national legislation since Wilberforce's two Acts from the nineteenth century. Given that 26 March is Mothers' Day, we need to acknowledge also that many of those trafficked into sexual and labour exploitation are mothers with children.""

Lord Mayor, Councillor Chaytor said:
""It is an honour to be associated with this initiative working to fight modern slavery and we hope to reproduce the Modern Slavery Garden here in Queens Gardens as a contribution to the Freedom Festival's freedom quarter.""

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