World Day against Trafficking in Persons

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2024 Date30 July 2024
2025 Date30 July 2025

World Day against Trafficking in Persons

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World Day against Trafficking in Persons

World Day against Trafficking in Persons is an observance aimed at raising awareness of the issue of human trafficking, as well as promoting and protecting the rights of victims. Trafficking in persons represents a grave violation of human rights, it affects all countries and can involve different forms such as forced labour, sexual exploitation, servitude, and organ removal. This observance seeks to unite the international community in fighting against this global issue, and to remain committed to its eradication.

Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2013, the observance is relevant to the UK as trafficking remains a critical issue. In 2019, the UK experienced an alarming rise in potential victims of trafficking, with over 10,000 people being referred to authorities for further investigation. The majority of these potential victims originated from countries in Africa, Asia, and the European Union, highlighting the transnational nature of this issue; while UK nationals too were identified as possible victims of trafficking.

To observe World Day against Trafficking in Persons in the United Kingdom, campaigns are organized by various NGOs, charities, and government bodies to raise awareness of the issue among the public. These initiatives include sharing resources, organizing events, promoting support and services for those affected, and pushing for stronger actions by authorities against traffickers. Recognized annually on July 30, the UK joins countries around the world in solidarity to combat human trafficking and ensuring that the rights and dignity of victims are respected and protected.

Facts about Human Trafficking

  • The theme for World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2023 was Reach every victim of trafficking, leave no one behind.
  • The average cost of a slave globally is $90.
  • The most commonly reported countries of origin for potential trafficking victims include Albania, Nigeria, Vietnam, Romania, and Poland.
  • In 2020, the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) recorded 10,613 potential victims of trafficking, which marks a 7% increase from the previous year.

Top things to do in the UK for this observance

  • Spread awareness about the day by using the hashtags #WorldDayAgainstTraffickinginPersons and #IGiveHope.
  • Donate to charities: Not For Sale, Unisex or Polaris Project. All donations go toward protecting people and communities around the world from modern-day slavery and human trafficking. They have directly supported thousands of people around the world back to lives of freedom and meaning.
  • Watch The Trial Of Alex Hepburn: Consent, Cruelty & Cricket (2021). This BBC documentary follows the trial of Alex Hepburn, who was accused of forcing two young women into prostitution and trafficking them in the UK.
  • Read a book to learn more about Human Trafficking in the United Kingdom. Here are our recommendations:
    1. Inhuman Traffick: The International Struggle against the Transatlantic Slave Trade: A Graphic History by Rafe Blaufarb and Liz Clarke
    2. Human Trafficking: The Developing Legal Framework in the United Kingdom by Christoph J. Schmon
    3. Child Trafficking in the UK: A Practical Guide to the Issues, the Legislation, and Best Practice in Prevention by National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People

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