How you can get involved with Modern Slavery Day
Modern Slavery Day falls on Tuesday 18th October this year.
Modern slavery is still a growing issue that is affecting men, women and even children. In the UK in 2015, 3266 people were identified as potential victims of trafficking, and this is probably just the tip of the iceberg. Slavery’s hidden nature means that we may never get to know the real number of people that are affected.
There are a number of different events that you can still take part in all across the UK. It’s your chance to make a difference and stand against modern slavery.
A21’s Walk for Freedom
The 3rd annual Walk for Freedom takes place on 15th October in over 250 different locations around the world. Thousands of people will join together to hand out leaflets and help raise awareness of modern slavery. They will march in a single-file line with tape over their mouths to symbolise the millions of slaves with no voice, basic human rights and freedom.
There are several walks for freedom happening all over the UK, from Aberdeen to Plymouth. Find your nearest here.
Humber Modern Slavery Partnership
Monday 17th October sees Humber Modern Slavery Partnership join with the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation to bring you an afternoon of free events. These events include:
- Talks from PhD students studying slavery
- Discussions on modern slavery
- Insight into the work being done on modern slavery in Humberside
- Guided tour of Wilberforce House
Back to Life Exhibition
The Back to Life Exhibition will tour five of the UK’s major railway stations. This exhibition will raise awareness of the estimated 13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK.
Migrant Help UK, who are the charity putting on this exhibition, help on average 100 rescued victims every week. These victims have been rescued from traumatic experiences. The exhibition will see harrowing, real-life stories from the victims that have been supported by Migrant Help UK.
- 17th October – London’s Victoria Station
- 18th October – Bristol Temple Meads
- 19th October – Birmingham New Street
- 20th October – Liverpool Lime Street
- 21st October – Edinburgh Waverly
Just Enough Fest
Just Enough UK are putting on a free gig to celebrate their achievement of educating over 25,000 children across the UK about modern slavery and human trafficking. The night will feature music and dancing at the Electrowerkz in Islington, London starting at 8pm.
UK Modern slavery helpline launch
The launch of the UK’s enhanced modern slavery helpline and resource centre will be run by award winning charity Unseen. This helpline is being supported by founding partners BT and will be launched on 18th October at BT Tower.
The event will also highlight the importance of developing and maintaining strong partnerships across all agencies and organisations. The 24/7 helpline will be fully operational from 18th October, taking calls from potential victims, statutory agencies, the public and businesses.
These are just a selection of events happening across the UK with many more available for you to take part and make a difference. If you can’t make it to any of these events but would still like to feel like a part of this important issue, then you can always donate.
Portal’s Anti Modern Slavery solution:
Has been designed to help law enforcement officers pursue and prevent Modern Slavery by drawing together disparate sources of data into one centralised ‘intelligence hub’. If you want to find out more about how we’re helping agencies protect vulnerable people, read about our solution here.
If you think a person is in immediate danger you should call 999
If you suspect slavery is happening and there is no immediate threat to life... call the Modern Slavery helpline on 0800 0121 700