Background to Anti-Slavery Day
In December 2009, the Anti-Slavery Day Bill was introduced in Parliament as a Private Members’ Bill by the then Conservative MP Anthony Steen, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Trafficking of Women and Children (now the APPG on Human Trafficking). ECPAT UK helped to draft the Bill and promote it amongst parliamentarians.
The Bill passed through all its stages in the House of Commons and the House of Lords quickly and gained Royal Assent on 8 April 2010, becaming law as the Anti-Slavery Day Act 2010. In July that year, the Prime Minister, David Cameron MP, announced that Anti-Slavery Day would fall on 18 October every year. This date coincides with the European Union’s Anti-Trafficking Day.
Aim of Anti-Slavery Day
The aim of Anti-Slavery Day is for people in the UK to acknowledge that, despite the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade more than 200 years ago, men, women and children continue to be victims of the modern-day slave trade. The day helps to raise awareness of the dangers of modern-day slavery, including human trafficking and exploitation, and encourages people to be proactive in the fight against it.
ECPAT UK believes that Anti-Slavery Day provides a great opportunity to shine a light on a largely hidden and brutal crime of human trafficking being committed against children in the UK and overseas today.
Copyright © ECPAT UK 2015.
Charity number: 1104948. Company Ltd by Guarantee: 5061385.
4A Chillingworth Road, London N7 8QJ.
Tel: 020 7607 2136. Fax: 020 7700 5435. firstname.lastname@example.org.
ECPAT UK is the leading expert voice on child trafficking in the UK and we offer a comprehensive training programme focused on safeguarding young people from trafficking, modern slavery, and transnational abuse. To find out more visit our training page.
12 May 2016
More children are at risk of sexual exploitation than ever before, particularly in travel and tourism, a two-year global study by ECPAT has revealed today.
4 May 2016
Serious shortcomings in the identification of and support for unaccompanied and trafficked children across the UK and Europe continue to endanger thousands of vulnerable young people,…
14 March 2016
Thirty eight children and young adults will be compensated by British Airways for sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of notorious child abuser and British Airways pilot,…
23 February 2016
Victims of trafficking who are pregnant or have children are ‘systematically overlooked’ in the UK’s anti-trafficking response, according to a new report by the Anti-Trafficking…
"When I asked 'Where [is] my money?', they threatened to kill me"- ‘Hung’, from Vietnam, was trafficked into UK and exploited through forced cannabis cultivation.
22 December 2015
ECPAT UK has today recognised leading Parliamentary children’s rights advocate Lord McColl with its 2015 Children’s Champion award.
As an active member…