Anti-Slavery Day was created by Act of Parliament to raise awareness of modern slavery and to inspire people to eliminate it. Slavery is illegal in every country on our planet.
Yet slavery is a thriving industry in the 21st century. Human trafficking is booming as it exploits asylum-seekers and feeds the huge sex industry and the constant demand of cheap labour.
There are more slaves alive today than all the slaves stolen from Africa over four centuries of the slave trade.
The Global Slavery Index reports that in 2016 there are 45.8 million people in some form of slavery in 167 countries.
58% of those living in slavery are in these 5 countries: India. China. Pakistan. Bangladesh. Uzbekistan.
The U.S. State Department states that 600k-800k people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80% are female and half are children.
In 2002, Jubilee Campaign successfuly lobbied the UK Government to tackle slavery and trafficking.
After persistent lobbying, the UK government passed the Modern Slavery Bill in March 2015 that has been described as the first of its kind in Europe to specifically address slavery and trafficking in the 21st century.
By helping to bring about the UK Modern Slavery laws, we played a key part in drawing the world’s attention to this global evil.
But this doesn’t mean the problem has been solved. Modern Slavery is a complex issue and legislation is only part of the solution. But it’s a starting point - and it proves that campaigning works!
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING
Anti-Slavery Day (18 October) was created in 2010 by a Private Members Bill by former MP Anthony Steen. The Bill defines modern-day slavery as child trafficking, forced labour, domestic servitude and trafficking for sexual exploitation.