Anti Slavery Day

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2023 Date18 October 2023
2024 Date18 October 2024

Anti Slavery Day

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Anti Slavery Day aims to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery. It seeks to educate the public about the various forms that modern slavery takes, such as forced labour, debt bondage, and forced marriage, and seeks to combat these injustices by encouraging government, business and civil society to take action. The observance strives to promote solidarity with victims and emphasize the importance of global collaboration in the fight against modern slavery.

In the United Kingdom, Anti Slavery Day has been observed since 2010, when it was first established by the Anti-Slavery Day Act. It was introduced by the UK Parliament with the intention of driving the country's commitment to eradicate all forms of slavery, as well as to ensure that survivors receive appropriate support and protection. The observance works to encourage law enforcement agencies in the United Kingdom to target human trafficking rings and punish those responsible. Anti Slavery Day in the UK also engages various stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations, businesses, and educational institutions, to collaborate and develop effective prevention and response strategies.

On Anti Slavery day, various events are organized across the nation to engage the public and highlight the importance of eliminating modern slavery. Communities are encouraged to learn about the signs of human trafficking and report any suspicious activities, while businesses are urged to scrutinize their supply chains to eliminate any trace of slavery. Through this collective effort, Anti Slavery Day aims to inspire positive change and bring an end to this heinous crime. Anti Slavery Day is typically observed on October 18th each year.

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Anti Slavery Day Facts

  • Slavery has existed for thousands of years, dating back to ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Rome, and Greece. It was practiced in various forms, including debt bondage, forced labor, and chattel slavery.
  • Modern-day slavery can take several forms, including human trafficking, forced labor, debt bondage, child labor, forced marriage, and domestic servitude.

Anti Slavery Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Watch The Modern British Slave Trade (2017). This documentary shows shocking undercover footage of modern slavery in the UK, where men are forced to work in inhumane conditions for little to no pay.
  • Read Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy by Kevin Bales.
  • Support ethical and fair trade products.
  • Support local initiatives and organizations working against modern slavery. Volunteer your time or donate to help their efforts.
  • Attend events and conferences organized by anti-slavery and human trafficking organizations, such as Unseen UK, Anti-Slavery International, and Modern Slavery Helpline.

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