Today is Anti-Slavery Day. Essentially, the day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery.
Broadly-speaking, it also provides a platform for to raise awareness for all forms of slavery, human trafficking and exploitation.
It is essentially a day to encourage government, local authorities, companies, charities and individuals to do what they can to address the problem.
The day’s commemoration was created by the Anti-Slavery Day Act, a Private Members Bill introduced Anthony Steen CBE, now Chair of the Human Trafficking Foundation.
Each year more and more charities, individuals, local authorities and police forces take action to mark Anti-Slavery Day.
As Prime Minister’s Questions got underway this afternoon, both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn recognised the importance of the day.
“I join the Prime Minister in recognising Anti-Slavery Day”, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said.
“The Salve Trade is one of the most grotesque times in the history of this planet and we must all be resolved to drive out slavery in any form whatsoever”.
The Human Trafficking Foundation (HTF) hosts Anti-Slavery Day Awards. It recognises journalists, filmmakers and broadcasters who have exposed issues of modern slavery.
Additionally, the event also celebrates organisations and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the fight against modern slavery.
The Anti-slavery Day Act 2010 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.