Anti-Slavery Day 2013 – What’s On

The A21 Campaign

FREEDOM CHALLENGE cycling campaign covers 10 countries in Eastern Europe, including 1250km of difficult terrain and steep climbs. This is a unique opportunity to raise awareness in some of the highest rated human trafficking source countries in the world.The race starts in Sofia, Bulgaria, on October 6, 2013, with our core team of determined cyclists, and will finish Wednesday, October 16, in London, UK.

“Be A Slave and Donate Your Wage”

Those of you who are working on 18 October, please, work out how much you would earn for that one day and give it to one of the anti-slavery charities so that you are basically working for free for a day like a slave. This would help raise awareness of what it is like to Be a Slave and at the same time will fund-raise for the anti-slavery charities who do so much work rescuing and rehabilitating victims and seeing their captors are caught and brought to justice. *Idea by Beth Prescott! To take part go to: or but feel free to donate the money to another trafficking charity(not only Hope for Justice)

Care, Epiphany Trust and Jubilee Campaign

Parliamentary launch of Hazel Thompson’s “TAKEN: Exposing Sex Trafficking and Slavery in India” a photo documentary iBook exclusively on iTunes,  5 pm, 16 October, House of Commons, Invite Only  -  Award winning photojournalist Hazel Thompson spent over 6 months living in Kamathipura and gained unprecedented access into one of the largest sex districts in Asia.  Thompson’s investigation takes us behind the locked doors of Kamathipura’s brothels and captures the hidden dangerous underworld of modern slavery that has never been seen in this depth before.  TAKEN features 300 images, 3 short films, an interactive map, 6 articles and a call to action.  Those taking part in this event include Lord Alton of Liverpool, Fiona Bruce MP, Hazel Thompson and Marc Carey from Hard Rock Café.


Exhibition ‘Is your purchase causing someone pain: Help stop human trafficking’, 24 October, Northern Ireland Assembly, sponsored by Lord Maurice Morrow MLA. This exhibition was commissioned by CARE and previously displayed at the European Parliament.  It features images by Romanian photographer Adrian Coţ depicting Uzbekistani cotton pickers with fashion models and women enslaved in sexual exploitation with viewers of pornography and visitors to brothels.

The Children’s Society and the Refugee Council 

Parliamentary Launch of the Review of the Care Arrangements for Trafficked Children, 15 October, 4-5.30 pm, Invitation Only. This review has been carried out jointly by the Children’s Society and the Refugee Council and was commissioned by the Home Office, following debates in Parliament around the care needs of trafficking children last year.

City Hearts and Museum of Liverpool

City Hearts Freedom Cube will be placed in the main atrium of the Museum of Liverpool on 21 October, 11am – 4pm. City Hearts together with the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool and the Museum of Liverpool’s education department are inviting people to come and write or draw on the outside or inside of the cube what freedom means to them.

Counter Human Trafficking Bureau – Touchpoint – Love146

Global Online Counter Child Trafficking Conference, 16-18 October - the first event of its kind that will run for 3 consecutive days and across time zones uniting delegated from across the globe in a series of live and pre-recorded webinars and interviews around Child Trafficking issue. The aim is to facilitate the connection of the global Counter Child Trafficking community through a dedicated on-line Conference where those involved can network, share learning and resources, good practice, innovation, research and ideas, as well as to provide them an opportunity to share and promote their services, projects and initiatives.

Croydon Community Against Trafficking

A night of musical entertainment at Matthews Yard, 16 October – 7.30pm, £5 on door. Address: 1 Matthews Yard, Off Surrey Street, Croydon, CR0 1FF.  Featuring a line up of local musicians including the choir Kitsch In Sink, Rory Mernagh and Sasha Fanthome. Contact Anna Arthur 07733 221949 for more info.

Film screening: TRAFFICKED, 14 October – Upstairs at the Spread Eagle Pub, 39-41 Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX. There will be two showings, at 2.30 and 8pm of Trafficked (2011) directed by Ciaran O’Connor, running time 85 mins. Free (just buy a drink at the bar)

Dalit Freedom Network

‘India’s Lost Childhood’ includes a screening of the award-winning, Oscar-nominated short film ‘Kavi’, plus a live interview with special guest Kumar Swamy, South India Human Rights Convenor, and audience Q&A.

Monday 4 November – Liverpool – 5pm - Venue: International Slavery Museum, Merseyside Maritime Museum  Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AX; Register for a free or call 0151 478 4062

Tuesday 5 November – Cardiff – 8pm (Doors 7.30pm) Venue: The Gate Arts and Community Centre, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3JW; Register for free or call 01785 785068

Saturday 9 November – Leeds – 6pm - 27th Leeds International Film Festival - Venue: Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AD; Tickets: free available in advance from; Includes interview and book signing with David Skivington, local author of ‘Scar Tissue

Sunday 10 November – Cannock – 8pm - Venue: Electric Palace Picture House, 12 Walsall Rd, Town Centre, Cannock WS11 0HE; Free Tickets available in advance or call 01785 785068, or in person from the venue

Monday 11 November – Bristol – 8pm (Doors 7.30pm) - Bristol Radical FilmFest – Venue: The Cube Microplex Cinema, Dove Street South, Bristol BS2 8JD; Tickets: £5 waged / £4 unwaged available from venue on the door. Includes film ‘Emerging Solidarities’ and interview with Andrew Wallis, CEO of anti-trafficking NGO Unseen

Edinburgh Airport Limited and UK Border Force

Awareness Raising Conference to make Edinburgh airport and Scotland a hostile environment to trafficking - 18th October, 11am-3pm, Edinburgh Airport conference room. A series of short films will be screened by the awareness raising charity Unchosen. Speakers include: TARA; Gangmasters Licensing Authority; National Crime Agency, Police Scotland. Topics shall include sexual exploitation, forded labour and domestic servitude. To secure your place contact


Finance Against Trafficking’s annual conference, 17 October, 4-8pm, HUB Westminter, New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, SW1Y 4TE. This conference is an opportunity to highlight the important role business can play in combating human trafficking and an opportunity to hear from those who are leading the way. Join speakers, leaders in the field and business people for this exciting event. Book your free ticket now at:

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Combating human trafficking: business and human rights conference, 10 October, FCO, Invitation Only. A one day, off the record, roundtable discussion bringing together a broad spectrum of actors to consider the most effective ways of combating human trafficking in the business supply chain, both internationally and in the UK. The meeting will provide a forum to raise awareness of human trafficking and labour exploitation in the context of business; facilitate the sharing of good practice, drawing on existing strategies, in particular the UN (Ruggie) Guiding Principles on business and human rights; consider practical ways forward in order to tackle human trafficking; encourage greater dialogue and collaboration between actors; develop and promote new networks towards future co-operation.

Frodsham Churches Together

Frodsham Churches Together will hold an ecumenical service on Sunday, 20 October for Anti-Slavery Day. The aim of the service is to identify what Human Trafficking means in 2013; what is being done by different bodies to support victims, what still needs to be done to stop trafficking and help victims. The service will take place in over 25 churches in the area.

Greater London Authority

Launch of London Assembly Member Andrew Boff’s new report on Human Trafficking in Closed Networks in London, 9 October, 6.30 pm, City Hall. This report looks into the more hidden human trafficking models taking place across the capital. Andrew’s 2012 report, Silence on Violence, found that the human trafficking agenda was too narrowly focused on sex trafficking within brothels. This led to misdirected resources and other trafficking cases being overlooked. In response to these concerns, Andrew decided to investigate other forms of trafficking taking place in London and how the authorities’ response to human trafficking could be improved. Attendance is by registration only so please e-mail us at or call us on 020 7983 4990 to confirm your attendance.

Hope for Justice

‘Every Good Father’: a short animation about modern day slavery in the UK – Launching, 18 October. Wherever you are on October 18th, raise awareness of modern day slavery and join the fight to end it by sharing the ‘Every Good Father’ film on social media. Follow @Hopeforjustice on Twitter or find us on Facebook to watch this simple and powerful tale of one man falling into devastating exploitation. Be a part of all that Hope for Justice is doing to end slavery by using the hashtag: #BUILTforRESCUE

Hull: Slave Free City?

Hull: Slave Free City? is a project being launched on-line on Anti Slavery Day 2013.  It aims to work on a local level to raise awareness of modern slavery. Kingston Upon Hull was the birthplace of William Wilberforce and local people often assume that his Abolition of Slavery Bill abolished slavery over two centuries ago. We aim to challenge this assumption by increasing awareness of what modern slavery is, how you can spot it and how you should report it.  We will do this by targeting five areas of local life: politics, law enforcement, health, education and community groups.


Reception at the Speaker’s House and Media Awards Ceremony, 15 October, 6.30-8pm. Invitation only. - To mark Anti-Slavery Day and to acknowledge the work of those in the media who have highlighted the nature of human trafficking. In partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking, Anti-Slavery International, Marsh Christian Trust, AwardCo Group, etc.

International Justice Mission

London Prayer Meeting, 6.30 pm, 17 October in St Mary’s Woolnoth - the old church of John Newton who, with William Wilberforce, stood up for what they believed in to abolish the slave trade – we too, wish to stand together and take action to end slavery. In celebration of the Anti-Slavery Day in the UK on the 18th October, we want to join together and pray for an end of the modern-day slave trade. It will also be a great opportunity to hear from Rob Colvin, a former Legal Fellow with IJM Cebu, who will share about his experience working to bring rescue and relief to victims of sex trafficking in the Philippines. For questions, please email

London MET Police and Thames Reach

Blow the Whistle campaign re-launching Met Police’s Trafficking Hotline, 14 October, 12 pm at Victoria Station and then onto New Scotland Yard, Liverpool Street Station, Waterloo Station, Euston Station, Kings Cross Station and Charing Cross Station. Groups of 20 volunteers will gather at the mainline line stations with a banner outlining “Blow the Whistle campaign and the Trafficking Hotline Number. This is the start of a year long campaign to raise public awareness with other events being planned throughout the year. The campaign is carried out in partnership with Thames Reach, Two little girls campaign, the Passage and with support from Publicist Life brands. We need volunteers, please, contact Megan Stewart at

Migrant Help

An  Information sharing day - open day for both professionals and members of the public, 18 October, 10am – 2 pm, Dover Town Hall. The event aims at bringing together people from all walks of life with either a personal or a professional interest to highlight the important link between Anti-Slavery Day and the town of Dover – being key port of entry for victims of trafficking within the UK. Organized in partnership with Kent Community Against Trafficking, Kent Community Safety Partnership and Tilmanstone Salads.


No More Traffik and The Progressive Unionist Party  will host their firs official introduction presentation on 18 October, Belfast. This is the beginning of a long partnership where we will organise further events during the year to give the wider community throughout Northern Ireland an opportunity to participate in raising awareness of human trafficking. The meeting is open to the members only.

North Wales Regional Leadership Group

North East Wales Anti-Human-Trafficking Conference, 18 October, Catrin Finch Conference Centre, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, by Invitation Only. This conference is specifically aimed at leaders and managers who will need to play a key part in shaping the development of integrated strategic approaches to tackle Human Trafficking across the region.

OSCE and Helen Bamber Foundation

Launch of OSCE Paper ‘Trafficking in Human Beings Amounting to Torture and other Forms of Ill-treatment’, Wednesday 9 October 2013. Invitation only. The Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (OSCE), Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, will give the keynote address. This Paper, the first of its kind, developed in partnership with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and the Helen Bamber Foundation, addresses and denounces the use of torture and other forms of ill-treatment by traffickers as a means to subjugate, control and punish trafficked people.

Oxford Community Against Trafficking (OXCAT)

Oxford Anti-Slavery Day Campaign, 18 October, 12.30 – 1.30 pm in Cornmarket street central Oxford. The campaign will include a demonstration in 3 “hot spots” in the city centre – a dancer, a rap artist and a dramatist doing presentations on the day. The event will be covered by both local TV and Newspapers. Volunteers are welcome. To register and for more information e-mail ASAP!

The Pro Prietenia Arad (Friendship) Foundation 

International Symposium on Human Trafficking in Arad (Romania), 14-18 October in partnership with Pointman Leadership Institute, the National Agency Against Human Trafficking – Regional Centre Timisoara and the European Christian Political Foundation. Delegates representing various agencies, NGOs and charities involved in combating and preventing human trafficking and supporting its victims from different countries are invited to attend. Symposium Brochure

Opera ANYA17 Premiere in Timisoara, Romania, 17 October in partnership within partnership with the University of the West Timisoara and Filharmonica Banatul Timisoara, Prof. Adam Gorb composer, Ben Kaye librettist, Caroline Clegg director, Mihaela Silvia Rosca conductor of the Romanian National Opera Timisoara. Opera ANYA17 won the Media Award 2012 for the Best stage or film production dealing with human trafficking. More about ANYA17

Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland and Purple Teardrop 

Raising Awareness Day by the Soroptimist Intl of Bangor, 18 October, 10am – 5 pm - An information stand in local shopping centre in Bangor, Northern Ireland aiming to raise public awareness about modern day slavery and collecting signatures.

Raising Awareness Day by the Soroptimist Intl of Barnstaple, 18 October, 10am – 4 pm at Stall in Barnstaple Pannier Market, raising awareness of human trafficking by distributing information leaflets and collecting signatures to support campaign to ban ‘sex for sale’ advertising.

Raising Awareness Day Soroptimist International of Dublin are running an on-line anti-slavery campaign from September through October to raise awareness and mark Anti-Slavery Day!

Raising Awareness Day Soroptimist International of Hamilton, 18 October, 9am – 5pm, Regent Shopping Centre, Hamilton. A manned information stand in local shopping centre will be installed to raise public awareness about modern day slavery and collecting signatures for the Purple Teardrop  Campaign. 

Raising Awareness Day Soroptimist International Kettering and District, 18 October, 9am – 5pm will be hosting an awareness raising display in a The Swansgate Shopping Center in Wellingborough.

Soroptimist International of Leicester Club will be having a stall on Leicester Market on 18 October 10am-3pm giving out leaflets about the Purple Teardrop Campaign and the work of Soroptimist International to raise awareness of modern day slavery and violence against women.

Poole Soroptimist Say NO to Human Trafficking, 18 October, Poole’s Dolphin Shopping CentrePurple Teardrop Campaign stand with information, leaflets, petition sheets will all be available for public.

Soroptimist International of St Helen’s are bringing the GIFT box 19-26 October to St Helen’s to raise public awareness about human trafficking.

Soroptimist Yorkshire Anti-Slavery Group hosting the Stop The Traffik Gift Box, 16-17 October, Chrystal Peaks Shopping Centre in Sheffield – Many members from a lot of clubs and visitors are welcome to drop by and help build the Gift Box, which is a unique way to raise awareness about human trafficking, as its large walk-in street sculptures invite you inside with promises and offers, but once inside you are presented with a different reality.

 South West Sussex ACT group (STOP THE TRAFFIK)

Chichester Anti-Slavery Weekend, 18-20 October, Chichester Cathedral Green -The event is being organised in partnership with LouLou Morris, artist in residence, and features 3 public artworks: 1. a United Nations/STOP THE TRAFFIK GIFT Box; 2. a picture comprised of fingerprints in lipstick given by hundreds of members of the community; 3. a release of ‘seeds’ at 4.30pm on Sunday 20th October to symbolise our hope that victims trapped in the community will be recognised and released as a result of the event.

Stop Sinai Torture campaign

Walk for the Stop Sinai Torture campaign, 18 October, 12 pm under Marble Arch. Set off at 12:30 down Park Lane on the pavement in controlled groups of 10 with an identifiable steward per group - left at Hyde Park corner down towards Piccadilly Circus – right down the Haymarket towards Whitehall then into Parliament Square - end up in Old Palace Yard in front of Houses of Parliament around 2pm till 4pm – meeting Members of Parliament and press to raise awareness about human trafficking and torture of refugees in the Sinai desert.

Stronger Together 

Stronger Together launch of a new initiative, 24 October, 4 pm, Marks&Spencers. It is a multi-stakeholder initiative to reduce human trafficking, forced labour and other third party migrant worker exploitation in the food and agricultural sectors.  The good practice developed may be readily extended to other sectors with similar issues.This informal event will include short presentations from the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, Migrant Help and the Association of Labour Providers.

Ten Ten Theatre

Human Trafficking Drama – A Work in Progress – 17 October, 7pm at the Westminster Diocesan Centre for Youth Ministry in Somers Town (near Euston). A presentation of the play Human Trafficking Drama – a work-in-progress will be given to an invited audience. This will be followed by a facilitated discussion about the issue and the potential for raising awareness with the wider public through theatre. Journalists, church and community leaders, related organisations, students and young people are welcome to join us to participate in the event.

Trauma Recovery Centre

Identification and Protection of Trafficked Children training, 11 October 2013, 10am – 3pm, Freedom House, Lower Bristol Road, BA2 1EP - Training is open to professionals and volunteers from government and non-government organisations that could work with or come into contact with children who may have been the victims of human trafficking; including teachers, social workers, police, charity workers, church leaders and homeless teams. Training will be given by Philip Ishola who created the impetus for developing the Trafficked Children Toolkit, which provides tools to aid in identification and protection of child trafficking victims.


Unchosen’s Human Trafficking Short Film Competition Awards Ceremony, 8 October, RichMix, London, INVITE ONLY - Unchosen is announcing the winners of the first Human Trafficking Short Film Competition launched in February 2013 for amateur and professional filmmakers to make a short film based on one of 8 real life cases of survivors of human trafficking. The award ceremony that will also start off the Unchosen Roadshow October 2013 – June 2014  - the winning films will be taken on a tour around the UK and Ireland to raise awareness. Each event will provide opportunity to spark debate, engage key frontline agencies and the wider community in tackling human trafficking. If you are an individual or organisation interested in getting involved in organising or exhibiting at one of our roadshow events we would love to hear from you. You can get in touch with us via

Traffik Free Zone: Combating Human Trafficking in Swindon, 21 October, 7.30pm, St. Joseph’s Catholic College Swindon. An evening of film and debate to raise awareness of modern slavery in Swindon, find out what each of us can do to fight it and re-invigorate the local Stop The Traffik group. Screening shortlisted films from the Human Trafficking Short Film Competition, followed by discussion with local and national experts on human trafficking. In partnership with Unchosen, Police & Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Clifton Diocese, Hope for Justice, Swindon Film Society, Swindon Churches Together and Amnesty Swindon.

Unchosen and EVERYMAN Cinemas

To mark Anti-Slavery Day, EVERYMAN Cinemas will be screening excerpts from the Unchosen’s Human Trafficking Short Film Competition winning films before their main features on the 18th October. More details to follow in the last week of September.

Unlock With Art (The Hague, The Netherlands)

Unlock With Art – a social art exhibition 18 October, 7-10 pm at Haagse Tower in The Hague. The event will help the charity organization STOP THE TRAFFIK on its ongoing battle against the trafficking of humans around the world. The event will include masterpieces donated by an up and coming artist known as “Bikkel Artist”, a heart-touching exhibition “the voices of human trafficking” kindly lent by Fairwork as well as photographs donated by “Aera Label Photography”; just to name a few. A silent auction will be available to those interested in buying works of art for which all earnings will go straight to the charity. To attend contact:

Walk Free and Free the Slaves

Launch of Global Slavery Index report published by Walk Free, 17 October, 6-7 pm Chatham House, London. The report is the first ever that measures the size of modern slavery in 162 countries and provides a ranking based on the number of enslaved people. The launch event will involve a panel of speakers discussing the research and the actions governments need to take to tackle the problem.

West-Midlands Police

Operation Sentinel – long-running forcewide initiative to help make vulnerable people safer, sooner. This month it focuses on human trafficking to tie in with National Anti-Slavery Day on 18 October.

18 October, 3-5 pm one of West Midlands police senior officers from the Public Protection Unit will host a live web chat for members of the public to pose their questions on human trafficking. Follow the discussion:

18 October, 8 pm first ‘Thunderclap’ experiment will simultaneously message almost 200 people (at today’s date) who have signed up to our ‘stop human trafficking now in the West Midlands campaign’ and nearly 250,000 of their contacts.

Internally, West Midlands Police are raising awareness amongst officers and staff through a video behind the scenes of the above raids (how to prepare for and conduct a warrant to tackle human trafficking); a dedicated intranet site; signposting to training packages and partner/voluntary sector resources; and a poster on the top ten indicators to look out for. There will also be an external poster with five possible indicators of human trafficking for members of the public to contact police or Crimestoppers if they suspect something.

West-Midlands Regional Anti-Trafficking Group

The West Midlands Regional Anti Trafficking Network (RAT) meeting, 18 October,12.30 – 2.30pm Birmingham City Centre. The Network is open to front line practitioners from statutory and non statutory agencies who may encounter trafficked persons through the work they do, or whose work has relevance to trafficking.  We meet to offer support to practitioners, discuss trends, share good practice and encourage  the development of appropriate support and aftercare in the region. If you are a practitioner who is interested in attending, or for more information, please contact

York Workshops

TRAFFIK FREE ZONEAnti-slavery film show and talk by York Workshops and Prof. Gary Craig, 17 October 6.30 pm at City Screen in York in partnership with Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Leeds Women’s Aid, Unchosen and Kalayaan. The event aims at raising public profile of contemporary slavery issues in York.