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Anti-Slavery International in the news

26 August 2012: The Observer looks at the newly released UK Human Trafficking Centre's statistics of trafficking in the UK and asks Anti-Slavery's Trafficking Programme Co-ordinator Klara Skrivankova for her analysis.

25 August 2012:
BBC World Service (go to 36min 40s) notice the anti-slavery protests in Mauritania and take a closer look at the slavery practice in that country. They ask Anti-Slavery's Africa Programme Co-ordinator Sarah Mathewson to provide her insight.

12 July 2012:
The Guardian and The Independent quote Anti-Slavery’s response to the first successful conviction under the new forced labour laws. 

28 June 2012:
BBC 5live Breakfast warns of the risks of a potential increase in forced labour in the run up to the Olympics. Their piece includes the story of a Polish man, later supported by Barka UK, who was tricked into forced labour. The piece also includes an interview with Anti-Slavery's Romana Cacchioli.

01 June 2012:
The BBC Today Programme broadcasts its investigation based on our research of how top UK high street brands are selling clothes made through slavery in India.

25 March 2012:
The Independent interview historian Dr William Pettigrew on Anti-Slavery International's inaugural slavery walking tour through the City of London to mark the 205th anniversary of the abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

23 March 2012:
The Independent quotes Anti-Slavery International's response to the arrests of 12 men accused of trafficking young girls in Oxfordshire.

19 March 2012: A special investigation by CNN uncovers the brutal reality of slavery in Mauritania.

29 February 2012: The Times and The Guardian report Anti-Slavery's concerns over the proposed changes to the migrant domestic worker visa. The tying of domestic workers to one employer will give unscrupulous bosses the power to threaten workers with deportation if they do not comply with whatever they demand.

1 February 2012: British men forced into modern slavery abroad: the investigation by the BBC uncovered that criminal elements of the British and Irish travelling community have been transporting vulnerable British men abroad to work as virtual slaves.
The story broke on BBC News at Ten. More details on the story including detailed eye-opening account of events by one of the victims on the BBC website. Anti-Slavery Director Aidan McQuade was on BBC 5 Live Breakfast commenting on the story (go to 1.11.24), as well as many other local radio stations.

30 January 2012:The Guardian has published Pete Pattisson’s follow up to our ‘Cost of Living’ video, where he visits Nepal and Beirut to try and discover what happened to Lila Achariya, killed in Lebanon after being trafficked into domestic slavery. The video is once again narrated by Hugh Quarshie.

29 January 2012: Press Officer Paul Donohoe was interviewed in the London edition of BBC One’s The Sunday Politics discussing the situation of migrant workers in Dubai and concerns that Transport for London has taken money from Emirates (100 per cent owned by the emirate’s ruling family) for sponsoring their new cable car across the Thames (Fast Forward to 45.25 mins)

24 January 2012: Anti-Slavery International named among The Top 100 Word's Best NGOs by The Global Journal. We came 59th, 9th among UK's NGOs and were the only British NGO of this size in the top 100.

20 January 2012: Anti-Slavery Director Aidan McQuade was interviewed on CNN as part of a panel discussion to discuss the issues raised by the news broadcaster’s film on child slavery in the Ivorian cocoa industry.

bonded labour in India

Bonded labour is probably the least known but widest used form of slavery today
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children in school in Haiti

Former Restaveks, child domestic servants, at a summer camp organised as rehabilitation by Foyer Maurice Sixto
©Pete Pattisson /

"I wake up at 4am to collect water. Then I wash the dishes, clean the clothes and cook. Sometimes at 8 or 9pm I still haven't gone to bed". Mecheleine (above), Child Domestic Worker, Haiti
©Pete Pattisson /