International Day for Abolition of Slavery

International Day for Abolition of Slavery

Today,  Tuesday 2nd December 2014, is the International Day for Abolition of Slavery. 

In 1807 Britain abolished slavery but holding a person in slavery didn't become illegal in the UK until 6th April 2010. Can you believe that?

Although slavery is outlawed in every country the number of slaves remains high. According to The Global Slavery Index modern slavery exists in all 167 countries covered by the GSI. The total number of people enslaved is 35.8 million. This number is 20% more than previously estimated (due to improved measurement techniques).

India is the country at the top of the GSI's list with an estimated 14.29 million people living as modern slaves.

Whether through human trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage, or commercial sexual exploitation, millions of people out there are suffering. Imagine what their lives must be like; unable to go for a walk when you feel like. Forced to commit acts you would otherwise never dream of. It's unthinkable.

That's why the abolishment of slavery is so important.

The Walk Foundation is a global organisation. Their mission is to:

 "end modern slavery in our generation by mobilising a global activist movement, generating the highest quality research, enlisting business and working with government to drive change in those countries and industries bearing the greatest responsibility for slavery today."

If you pop to their site you'll be able to read stories, find out what's happening and help spread the word. You can even follow them on Twitter.

India may be at the top of the GSI's list but the UK still has issues. With the publication of the UK Modern Slavery Bill comes extra powers to convict and punish child traffickers. But some say the bill doesn't go far enough. You can sign a petition to help the government get more powers to prosecute.

Modern slavery is happening right now. Let's help abolish it.

This isn't a sponsored post. I just feel it's important to spread the word. 


  1. It's so true and shocking slavery still exists in it's many forms, I've never heard of The Walk Foundation before, thanks for enlightening me!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Susan. I didn't realise how shocking the figures were until I read about it! It is amazing that even in this day and age slavery still exists. I'm so glad there are people out there like The Walk Foundation to bring this issue to people's attention.