Anti-Slavery Day

18 October marks Anti-Slavery Day and this year Royal Mail are marking millions of envelopes with our very own postmark to raise awareness of modern slavery.

Right now, an estimated 40 million children and adults are trapped in slavery in every country in the world, including the UK.

They’re the people making our clothes, serving our food, picking our crops, working in factories, or working in houses as cooks, cleaners or nannies.

From the outside, such work can look like a regular job. But instead, people are being controlled or forced into inescapable debt, facing violence or threats, or having their passport taken away while being threatened with deportation. Many have fallen into this oppressive trap simply because they were trying to escape poverty or insecurity, aiming to improve their lives and support their families. Now, they can’t leave.

We believe everyone, everywhere has the right to a life of freedom.

We work to change systems and laws that enable people to become trapped in slavery so that people can live free from fear of being cruelly exploited. And crucially, we work with survivors to learn from their experiences and inform our approach.

By working together to dismantle the systems that enable exploitation, we are striving for true freedom to people across the globe.

We’re here to stamp out slavery for good, will you join us?

By becoming a member of Anti-Slavery International, you can be part of the movement that won’t accept slavery in any form.