Category: Press Releases
Just hours after Prime Minister Theresa May called for the UK to ‘wake up to the horrors of modern slavery’, last night Prime Minister Theresa May took a global lead in the fight to end slavery by doubling UK aid spending on slavery to £150 million, including a £20 million award to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery. International Justice Mission would like to thank the Prime Minister for taking this crucial step. The passage of the U.K. Modern Slavery Act in 2015 together with the government’s participation in GFEMS reflects the global role of the U.K. in combatting the pernicious and enduring crime of slavery.
210 years after the prohibition of British participation in the trans-Atlantic slave trade by Parliament, global slavery continues. According to just-released data from the International Labour Organisation (ILO), in collaboration with Walk Free and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), there are over 40 million children and adults enslaved today, and 90 million who have been enslaved at some point in the past 5 years. There are more people in slavery today than at any other point in history.
The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery is an unprecedented effort to amass substantial funds from both public and private donors, to directly target and apprehend those who profit from the exploitation and abuse of millions of children, men and women.
IJM UK CEO David Westlake said: “We are delighted that the UK government is taking a global lead on eradicating slavery and trafficking. The work of International Justice Mission and other organisations shows that slavery can be reduced if governments are equipped to investigate and apprehend the criminals who profit from the lives, bodies and labour of millions of slaves around the world. Slavery today is more vast than ever, but it’s also more stoppable than ever. IJM congratulates GFEMS and Prime Minister May in taking this important step forwards in the fight to end slavery for good.”