Anti-Slavery Day

October 18th is the first Anti-slavery day in the UK. But in the UK, as elsewhere in the world, slavery still exists.


Britain’s anti-slavery legislation is now weaker than the rest of Europe’s thanks to the coalition’s decision to opt out of an EU directive on human trafficking. The directive includes an agreed definition of the crime that makes it easier to prosecute offenders and guarantees greater protection to victims. Police and legal experts complain that existing UK trafficking laws make it notoriously hard to prosecute offenders.

There are petitions here and here to ask the Govt not to opt out.

3 thoughts on “Anti-Slavery Day

  1. Why do we even use euphemisms for this term? It should not be called human ‘trafficking’ – it should rightfully be called human ‘slavery’, because that’s what it truly is. Hiding this fact from the public will no doubt do more harm than good.

  2. Oh and btw, I tried to sign the first petition, but for some reason, the website does not recognize the postal code that I enter in. Is there something wrong with the algorithms?

  3. I found it impressively difficult to actually find the directive which the UK is supposed to sign. Once I did find it, there appeared to be some good things in it, but it was often very vague and it wasn’t very easy to tell where there were substantial differences from previous EU policy. The web sites supporting the directive also did not provide any detail on why the UK said it didn’t want to sign the directive, and their stories of the lack of success of British anti-trafficking efforts did not bother to mention how, if at all, the new directive would have helped if it had been in force. It would be nice if those publicizing the campaign would try a little harder to provide helpful information to those of us who like actually knowing something about the issues under dispute.

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