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01 October 2014

18 Days of Freedom

18 Days of Freedom

In an age that celebrates freedom, equality and opportunity, too many people are subject to the horrors of slavery and trafficking.

Slavery is a growing problem in the UK with thousands of victims being identified each year. Around the world, there are over 21 million people in slavery or being trafficked.

In order to highlight the plight of those suffering from slavery in the UK, Anti-Slavery Day was established by Parliament in 2010.

In the lead up to this year's Anti-Slavery Day on Saturday, 18 October, the Evangelical Alliance will be joining with many other churches, organisations and individuals to draw attention to slavery and trafficking in the UK through the 18 Days of Freedom campaign

We'll be posting a tweet each day that highlights what freedom means to a range of people. We'll also highlight relevant events and ways you can get involved to end slavery and trafficking. You can follow us @EAUKNews.

Anti-Slavery Day provides the chance for all of us to play our part to help end slavery. Everyone can make a difference. You can engage through social media to highlight the issue (relevant tags include #18daysoffreedom, @AntiSlaveryDay, #humantrafficking and #modernslaverybill). You can contact your local MP, your local council or high street stores and ask them to support stronger laws and improved business practice to ensure people aren't victimised. There are organisations you can get involved with such as Unseen and Stop the Traffik. And there are a range of events being held in the coming weeks across the UK - details can be found here.

One great way to get help make a difference is to ask your MP to support improvements aimed at strengthening the Modern Slavery Bill, currently before parliament.

The Evangelical Alliance is so pleased that the government has responded to the many thousands of voices calling for an end to slavery and trafficking by introducing the Modern Slavery Bill to parliament.

While this bill is a step in the right direction it needs improvements to make the law as strong and effective as it can be.

The best way to get these improvements is for you to contact your local MP. Click here to find out how you can do this.

Desmond Tutu said: "Do your little bit of good where you are;it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world."

So let's join together, let's do our little bit to fight slavery and overwhelm the world with positive change so that everyone can live in the freedom, equality and opportunity they deserve.