LAST YEAR SLAVERY FREE WHICH BRINGS EVERYTHING ANTI-SLAVERY TOGETHER AT www.slaveryfree.org AIMED TO RAISE AWARENESS BY BRINGING SLAVERY FREE THE FILM TO UK CINEMAS
There are up to 14,000 men, woman and children living in slavery in the UK through forced labour, domestic servitude or sex exploitation– globally there are 36million slaves.
Here in the UK we have a government slavery hotline and an anti-slavery commissioner. We need to end this injustice and we need to end it together.
SLAVERY FREE aims to do just that – by bringing everything anti-slavery into one place on the internet at www.slaveryfree.org so people can find information and charities to support quickly and easily.
In June 2015 SLAVERY FREE teamed up with a Kingdom Cinemas to advertise a film across London to raise awareness of the crime and promote all the charities that are trying to end it through the website.
SLAVERY FREE the movie is set in India and tells the story of a young American backpacker who helps a father find and release his young daughter who has been unwittingly sold into slavery.
The movie was made in the US by people passionate about ending trafficking and injustice and won numerous awards such as the Best Justice Film at the Justice Film Festival as was endorsed by the likes of the A21 Campaign and the Dalit Freedom Network.
Also advertised was short-film Kavi which was nominated for an Oscar and tells the story of a young boy trapped working in a brick kiln in India.
Hundreds of billboards went up around the capital for the film on London buses and underground stations, meaning the issue of slavery was catapulted into the forefront of the public’s mind.
SLAVERY FREE is a UK-based not for profit website and awareness raising tool which was created by radio and online journalist Libby Sutcliffe, in her spare time.
Libby said: “No-one should have the right to take someone’s freedom and no-one should own another human being.
“It is almost beyond belief that 200 years after Wilberforce was successful in his crusade to end slavery, there are thousands of people here in the UK held against their will and globally that figure is in the millions.
“I have a deep desire to do all I can to end this injustice so I decided to use my skills to create the website to promote all the anti-slavery charities working in the UK .
“I started the groundwork in March 2013 and now have the chance to raise awareness through film. We really want as many people as possible to find out more about his horrific injustice and be moved to help and find a charity to support through www.slaveryfree.org.”