Anti-Slavery Day takes place on Sunday 18th October. It provides an opportunity to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery, and encourage government, local authorities, companies, charities and individuals to do what they can to address the problem.

More than 200 years after slavery was abolished in the UK, there are still an estimated 136,000 men, women and children trapped in modern slavery across the UK. Download the @UnseenUK app to find out more about the signs of modern slavery and report your concerns #AntiSlaveryDay

Over the week on Facebook there will be postings each day about Modern Slavery.

What is modern slavery?

Modern Slavery is an umbrella term encompassing slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking. Tackling this abhorrent crime start with recognising the signs – download the @UnseenUK app for more information or to report your concerns

There is no typical victim of modern slavery. Victims can be men, women and children of all ages, ethnicities and nationalities. Find out more about modern slavery at #AntiSlaveryDay

Activities at Lincoln Cathedral

  • An 'Invisible People' exhibition will be in the Dean's Green at Lincoln Cathedral from Monday 12th to Monday 19th October 2020.

Designed by the National Crime Agency, it features a series of striking images capturing snapshots of life in modern slavery – in agriculture, construction, maritime, cannabis farming and food processing, child trafficking for sexual exploitation and forced prostitution.
Each image comes with written commentary describing what the viewer is seeing, and information about signs which may indicate someone is a victim.

The exhibition has been brought to the city by Lincolnshire County Council, the Safer Lincolnshire Partnership, and The Clewer Initiative to coincide with Anti-Slavery Day on Sunday 18 October. 

The Dean’s Green, which is accessed from Minster Yard, is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Visitors to the outdoor exhibition are encouraged to maintain social distancing whilst looking at the images.

  • Lincoln Cathedral will be illuminated in yellow – the colour The Clewer Initiative – on the evening of Sunday 18th October to 'shine a light' on modern slavery. The cathedral's morning service will also feature preaching on the topic from 9.30am

Here are a series of images conveying some facts, and some myths, about Modern Slavery: