Media Awards 2015

The winners of the Anti-Slavery Day Media Awards 2015 were announced at the Locarno Suite of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the evening of Thursday 15 October. The annual ceremony pays tribute to the work of those in the media who have highlighted the nature and prevalence of modern slavery in the UK.

The Home Secretary, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, presented the awards to the winners (full list below), and commended them for their outstanding contribution to raising awareness of modern slavery in the UK.

Home Secretary Theresa May said:

“The journalists and campaigners recognised through these awards have given a voice to the victims of this despicable crime and through their work have helped to raise awareness about this important issue.

“The presence of modern slavery in today’s society is an affront to the dignity and humanity of every one of us. We all need to stand up together to show victims that they are not alone, and to target today’s slave drivers.”

Organised for the fifth consecutive year by the Human Trafficking Foundation jointly with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, the Anti-Slavery Day Media Award reception brought together 200 guests, including MPs and Peers, as well as journalists, police, representatives from various local authorities and NGOs.

List of Human Trafficking Foundation Media Awards winners 2015

  1. Best TV Documentary Dealing with Modern Slavery
    ‘Dispatches: Escape from ISIS’,
     Edward Watts, Channel 4
  2.  Best Radio Documentary Dealing with Modern Slavery
    ‘Britain’s Legal Slaves’,
    John Waite and Sarah Shebbeare, BBC Radio 4
  3.  Best broadcast/press news piece dealing with Modern Slavery
    ‘Just how badly does the UK protect victims of trafficking?’,
    Jenny McCall, Open Democracy
  4. Best Investigative Article Dealing with Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation
    ‘When a Bride-to-Be is a Bride to Buy’,
    Ira Trivedi, Foreign Affairs
  5. Best Investigative Article or Broadcast News Dealing with Child Trafficking
    ‘3,000 children enslaved in Britain after being trafficked from Vietnam’,
    Annie Kelly and Mei-Ling McNamara, The Guardian, The Observer
  6.  Best Investigative Article Dealing with Forced Labour and Domestic Servitude
    ‘Lithuanian migrants trafficked to UK egg farms sue “worst gangmaster ever”’,
    Felicity Lawrence, The Guardian
  7. Best Stage Production Dealing with Modern Slavery
    ‘This is My Body’,
    TenTen Theatre, Martin O’Brien 
  8. Best Film Production Dealing with Modern Slavery
    ‘Yoke Farm’,
    Tim Keeling