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Frederick Douglas, former slave
February 21, 2024
February 20, 1895.  On this day Frederick Douglas died.  He was a former slave and an abolitionist.  He was born in February 1818.
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Thomas Buxton
February 21, 2024
February 19, 1845.  On this day Thomas Foxwell Buxton, Bt, died.  He became the leader of the abolition movement in the House of Commons after William Wilberforce retired.  He achieved his goal for the abolition of slavery in the British Empire.
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Anniversary of Second Reading of Bill in the House of Commons to outlaw the slave trade
February 21, 2024
February 23, 1807.   On this day Charles Grey, then Leader of the House of Commons and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (and a future Prime Minister), rose to move the Second Reading of the Bill to prohibit British ships and His Majesty’s subjects from engaging in the slave trade.  The Bill was passed by […]
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Campaigns


Buying a carpet

The Society is promoting ‘Rugmark’ carpets — hand-woven carpets, which carry a guarantee against the use of child labor — in preference to carpets made by children (some as young as four years of age). ‘Rugmark’.  In August 1994, the Rugmark Foundation was registered in India by a consortium comprising the following business associations and […]

Child labor in Fashion

Designers pledge for child labour-free fashion world The Fashion Design Council of India has collaborated with Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation to launch #Notmadebychildren campaign. The campaign aims to stop child labour in India’s fashion and textile industries. “There are so many people who follow fashion,” Kailash said. “So, I feel this is one of the […]

Child trafficking in sport

According to the Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, sports are not immune to the sale and exploitation of children.  There have been cases of large-scale sexual abuse of children within gymnastics, football and other sports. Moreover, there are several practices that can amount to the sale of children specifically in […]

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Raids/Rescues


Boys rescued in raids in India

Four boys — one as young as 12 — were rescued by raids were conducted in commercial establishments in the State of Tamil Nadu in India. The 12-year-old worked in a bakery, a 15-year-old boy in a gas station, and the two 16-year olds in motor mechanic shop.  The raids occurred on September 22, 24, […]

Children rescued from construction side in India

For the second time in a month, boys have been rescued from a construction site in Trichy.  Eight boys aged 15-16 were rescued.  Six were from Jharkhand, one from West Bengal and another from Tamil Nadu.  The rescue involved our program partners in India, the Bachpan Bachao Andolan.  The boys were forced to work in unsafe […]