News / 18th October 2018

Anti-Slavery Day 2018

Anti-Slavery Day was created by an Act of Parliament with an aim to raise awareness of modern slavery and create a world without it. It falls on the 18th of October each year.

Slavery is the commodification of people for the purpose of exploitation and financial gain.

Modern slavery includes situations of forced labour, domestic servitude, sex exploitation, child labour or organ harvesting. Additionally, the victims are often trafficked meaning the movement of people by deception, force or coercion with the explicit aim of exploiting them.

There are estimated to be 40.3 million people in the world who are trapped in modern slavery. In the UK alone 5,145 victims were identified in 2017. Of this 2,118 were children which is a 66% increase from 2016. However, these are only the identified victims, the nature of modern slavery means that it is impossible to know the true number, it could be far higher.

Modern slavery is now the second fastest growing international crime, second only to the illegal arms trade. It has overtaken the drugs trade because of the simple fact that people can be bought and sold more than once.

This Anti-Slavery Day make sure that you know how to spot the signs. Modern slavery could be anywhere and affect anyone. To help you recognise it download the free Unseen App. It provides information on how to spot the signs of modern slavery and makes it even easier to confidentially report any suspicions to our Modern Slavery Helpline, all in an effort to try to free more victims of exploitation.

If you want to hear more about the moving stories from survivors we have worked with, visit Unseen’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

If you have any suspicions, you can call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.