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Anti-Slavery Day 2020: Speak Up Against Slavery

18th October is Anti-Slavery Day.
We're speaking up against the abuse of 40 million+ people
held in forms of slavery today - more than ever before in history.

Will you join the movement to help end slavery this Anti-Slavery Day?

Little Esther was forced into slavery
when she was just a small girl

Esther* grew up in rural Ghana, hours from the waters of Lake Volta. When a woman approached her parents, claiming there was a family near the lake who would send their daughter to school, they allowed the woman to take her.

The promise of an education was a lie.

She was enslaved in the fishing industry and abused physically, verbally and emotionally for almost a decade.

Watch Esther's story

IJM along with local law enforcement heard of Esther's abuse and brought her to safety. One of the first things Esther did with her freedom was to provide IJM and police with information about where her friends were being held, as a result a further nine children rescued - because she spoke up.

Watch Esther's story

Today Esther is safe at an aftercare home while the trial against the woman who trafficked her is underway.

She is finally able to have an education and has the opportunity to freely play games with her friends and do art, which she loves. She dreams of becoming a fashion designer.

Watch Esther's story

What does slavery look like today?

Slavery today includes forms of exploitation such as human trafficking, forced labour, bonded labour, forced marriage and the online sexual exploitation of children. Human trafficking is the third biggest criminal industry in the world, generating $150million a year (ILO 2014).

Slavery impacts all of us.

From smartphones to clothing, exploitation is hidden in the supply chains of many products that we use every day. In fact, 77% of UK businesses believe there is a likelihood of slavery in their supply chain. The top five UK products at risk of slavery in their supply chains are: Tech, clothing, fish, cocoa and coffee (Global Slavery Index).

1 in 4 victims of slavery are children

Traffickers are already exploiting people who have lost jobs and family during the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic is increasing vulnerability to trafficking and slavery, which means it is set to increase further – unless we act now.

Join the Fight

But there is hope.

Supported by people like you, IJM's team of investigators, social workers, lawyers and activists find out where slavery is happening, partner with local authorities on rescue operations, prosecute traffickers and restore survivors.

We've helped free over 53,000 people from slavery and violence and seen slavery decrease by up to 86% in places where we've worked. Together, we can end slavery in our lifetime.

Pachaiyammal was trapped in brutal slavery as a child.
Now she's an advocate for freedom.

For 12 years she was forced to break rocks with sticks of dynamite. Then, one day IJM and authorities found and freed Pachaiyammal along with 10 other families. Pachaiyammal powerfully testified against the owner's abuse and took a stand for their freedom. Now she advocates for the freedom of others. Pachiayammal has personally helped find and free over 100 people from slavery. How will you take a stand for freedom?

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IJM Survivor Pachaiyammal is speaking out.

Click on the button to hear her story

Here are just some of the ways
our IJM Champions are fighting to end slavery

Christina took part in the virtual 'London Marathon.' Running 26.2 miles on her own in the pouring rain, Christina raised over £5,000 to end slavery - enough for a whole rescue operation!

Christina

Kay is one of our remarkable IJM Champions. After learning about the brutality of modern slavery, at 81 years old, she took to the roads to complete a half marathon bike ride for IJM last month!

Kay
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International Justice Mission is the largest international anti-slavery organisation.

We would love you to join us as together we fight to end slavery in our lifetime.
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