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Nun honoured with MBE for work to combat modern slavery
A nun who has spent almost a decade heading up an anti-human trafficking network across Europe hopes her inclusion on the honours list will draw attention to the "terrible crime".
Sister Imelda Poole, president of Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation (RENATE), has been made an MBE for services to combating modern slavery.
The nun, also president of Mary Ward Loreto (Albanian Mission Against Human Trafficking), previously spent many years helping vulnerable people in the UK including in Manchester, Glasgow and Middlesbrough.
Sister Imelda said: "This is an honour which I accept on behalf of the female religious and co-workers who are contributing, through the mission of many international networks such as RENATE, to combating modern day slavery and on behalf of the dedicated staff of Mary Ward Loreto in Albania who are passionate in this same cause.
"May this award expose even further the terrible crime of human trafficking which, as Pope Francis has declared, is a crime against humanity itself."
RENATE fights against modern slavery in 24 countries in Europe, helping to support victims of human trafficking and working to bring perpetrators to justice.
Sister Imelda, originally from Edgbaston in Birmingham, has a UK base with her Sisters of Loreto congregation in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, but is currently living and working in Albania.
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