International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

posted : 2nd December 2015

The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is observed on 2 December. The day focuses on eradicating modern forms of slavery, such as human trafficking, sexual exploitation, child labour, forced marriage and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflicts.

Unfortunately, freedom is still a dream for many. In the United Kingdom today between 10,000 and 13,000 people are being held as slaves.

Slavery is big business. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates the illicit profits of forced labour worldwide to be $150 billion a year.

Due to the hidden nature of this abhorrent crime, most victims are never identified. Last year, 2,340 potential victims from 96 countries of origin were referred to the National Referral Mechanism, a 34 per cent increase on 2013. Of these victims 131 were British citizens.

Migrant Help provides practical care and support directly to survivors of modern day slavery across the UK. We believe that every life is significant and has purpose.

We recognise that all our clients’ lives carry great significance, no matter what their past. Through our restorative work, we help survivors of slavery rebuild their lives, recover their dignity and live life to the full.