Helen Bamber Foundation in the news September 4, 2012

Slavery Inc Event crowd shot Lydia Cacho & Helen Bamber Foundation

Lydia Cacho & Helen Bamber share their experiences of combatting human trafficking with audience members. Photo: Robert Sharp

The ‘Slavery Inc’ debate between Helen Bamber and Mexican journalist and campaigner Lydia Cacho last week drew audiences from the UK and beyond.

Guests were enthralled by the insights Helen and Lydia were able to share on human trafficking. The English PEN venue sold out well in advance. Audience members included human rights campaigner Lady Antonia Fraser, poet Ruth Padel, and Bertha Navarro, producer of Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth. The event raised much needed funds for our Foundation’s work with survivors of gross human rights violations.

Newspapers covering the event and Lydia Cacho more generally included The Guardian and The Independent, as well as an event report write-up for English PEN by Nathalie Olah:

‘With the contraction of the economy, both Cacho and Bamber advocate a re-evaluation of a capitalist system, which at its most basic level deals in the buying and selling of human beings. “Property breeds corruption.” Bamber asserts, and with that unswerving eye fixed on the psychotherapist, Cacho nods in agreement.’

You can read this article in full here. You can read a case study about human trafficking here.