Aug 23

Beating the international slave trade

Today, the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, we remember the struggles of millions of slaves who, through everyday resistance over decades, brought about the abolition of slavery and showed the power of collective action.

On this day in 1791 an uprising of enslaved Africans on the island of Saint Domingue (modern Haiti) began. It was a crucial event in the fight to end the European transatlantic slave trade. The date has been designated by UNESCO as Slavery Remembrance Day, a reminder that enslaved Africans were the main agents of their own liberation.Slavery

In Liverpool, the International Slavery Museum is marking the day with a series of events that celebrates its own opening exactly 10 years ago, the bicentenary year of the abolition of the British slave trade.

Its exhibition Ink and blood brings together the stories of those affected by the abolition of slavery and later, freedom. It is an opportunity to see abolition up close through ink (paper) and blood (people).

There are still over 45 million people locked in modern slavery, including in child slavery and through people trafficking by which international criminals gain over $150 billion a year.

Slavery has not gone away and we need to address its root causes. Labour is committed to leading the international co-operation needed to tackle labour exploitation and deregulation and combat human trafficking.