William Wilberforce was born today in 1759, in Hull. He is a historical figure that I’m fond of – due to his campaigning to abolish the slave trade. And in 1833 the act was brought in, to give freedom to slaves in the British Empire. A great moment in history.
I would suspect that he would have thought that by the 21st Century, people would have been taught about slavery as something that happened in the past.
But sadly, slavery continues in the modern world that we live in. I am sure, William would continue his campaigning, if he was here, today.
And that’s where we need to be educated about Modern Day Slavery. It happens. It’s happening.
In 2015, in the UK, over 3,000 people were identified as potential victims of slavery – a 40% rise on 2014.
You can find out about Modern Day Slavery at www.modernslavery.co.uk
Contact number is 0800 0121 700
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 states :
“No one shall be held in slavery or servitude ; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms”