Thomas Buxton

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.

Anniversary of Second Reading of Bill in the House of Commons to outlaw the slave trade

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 […]

Buying Chocolates for St Valentine’s Day?  Were They Produced by Cocoa Plantation Slaves in West Africa?

Buying Chocolates for St Valentine’s Day?  Were They Produced by Cocoa Plantation Slaves in West Africa?  Cocoa is the essential ingredient for making chocolates.  A significant proportion of the world production of cocoa is grown and harvested on plantations by African slaves. These slaves are on cocoa plantations in remote rural areas in West Africa.  […]

Do you buy Lindt chocolates?

Children in the Republic of Ghana in West Africa help produce cocoa for Swiss chocolate manufacturer Lindt & Sprüngli, according to a recent report by Swiss public television, SRF. The company says that combatting child labour is a “top priority”. The Society urges members to refrain from purchasing Lindt chocolates until the corporation is compliant […]

Slavery reestablished by Houthis in Yemen

In the areas of the Republic of Yemen controlled by Ansar Allah, popularly known as Houthis (a label which they reject), have effectively reinstituted slavery in the areas of the Republic which are under their control. Ansar Allah are currently in the news as they are attacking shipping in the Gulf of Aden. “Who are […]

October 25: Bonded Labour Day

Photograph of bonded child laborer who has been supported  by one of the Society’s Raid and Rescue programs in India. October 25.  Bonded Labour Day, also called Bonded Labour System Awareness Day.  

Vietnamese girl escapes

October 13, 2023.  Human traffickers are getting more sophisticated – using high tech methods such as mobile phones and social media accounts to target young girls in remote mountainous areas, mostly teen girls between 15-16 years old who are not well-educated, have limited social awareness and live in precarious circumstances. Most households in Lai Chau […]

76th Anniversary of the Protocol amending the 1921 and 1933 Trafficking Conventions

October 20, 2023.  76th Anniversary of the Protocol amending the 1921 and 1933 Trafficking Conventions approved by the United Nations General Assembly on October 20, 1947.  It amended the International Convention of 30 September 1921 for the Suppression of the Traffic in Women and Children and the International Convention of 11 October 1933 for the […]

Child trafficking gang in Serbia smashed

Serbian police, with the support of Europol and law enforcement authorities from Austria, France and Germany, have smashed a criminal syndicate in Serbia. There were 8 victims: 6 minors between the age of 5 years and 17 years and two young women.  One was Ukrainian and the rest were Serbians.  The traffickers used what is […]

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