Anti-Slavery Day falls on 18 October each year, providing an opportunity to raise public awareness and encourage local and national government, public bodies and private organisations to address the scale and scope of human trafficking.
Anti-Slavery Day created by Act of Parliament to raise awareness of modern slavery and to inspire people to eliminate it.
The Anti-Slavery Day Bill became law in 2010. It was introduced in Parliament as a Private Members Bill by Anthony Steen MP for Totnes, South Devon, in 2010 and passed through both Houses, unopposed although amended. The bill defines modern-day slavery as child trafficking, forced labour, domestic servitude and trafficking for sexual exploitation.
In March 2015 the Modern Slavery Bill gained Royal Assent becoming the second piece of anti-slavery legislation in 200 years. The Act will give law enforcement the tools to fight modern slavery, ensure perpetrators can receive suitably severe punishments for these appalling crimes and enhance support and protection for victims.
The Guardian Global Development Professionals Network is a supporter of UK Anti Slavery Day. The Guardian, in partnership with Humanity United, has launched a new global forum called Modern-day slavery in focus. Modern-day slavery is a crime that reaches into every community in the world: from the products we buy to the people with whom we share our towns and cities. Join the debate here and help bring modern-day slavery to an end