In the UK on the 18th October it is Anti-Slavery Day
Anti-Slavery Day was created to raise awareness of modern slavery and to inspire government, business and individuals to eliminate it.
Anti-Slavery Day was created in 2010 by a Private Members Bill introduced by Anthony Steen CBE, then MP for Totnes. Since then it has grown significantly and each year more and more charities, individuals, local authorities and police forces take action to mark Anti-Slavery Day.
The UK spends millions each year to provide housing and support to victims of modern day slavery 3 during a so-called 45 day “National Referral Mechanism (NRM) recovery and reflection” period – the period when the Home Office makes a decision on whether a person is trafficked or not.
It is an irony that this abrupt removal of support so often coincides with the time when a victim is nally formally recognised by the authorities as having been enslaved.
But what happens to victims of trafficking on ‘day 46’ or when this support ends?
Jess Phillips MP, Vice- Chair of the APPG on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery has described the report as a ‘damning indictment of our failure to protect victims of trafficking’.
For more information go to: http://www.antislaveryday.com
Anti-Slavery Day is supported by Human Rights at Sea