Human Trafficking Foundation


Anti-Slavery Day

UK Anti-Slavery Day, 18th October, is a chance to raise awareness of modern slavery, highlight good work being done by NGOs and statutory authorities, and focus attention on areas of policy and practice where improvements still need to be made.

Each year HTF hosts Anti-Slavery Day Awards to celebrate the work done by the media to highlight important issues of human trafficking, and those who have made an outstanding contribution to the fight against modern slavery. 


2018 Awards shortlist

Outstanding Contribution

The Marsh Awards for Outstanding Contribution to the Fight Against Modern Slavery aim to recognise the work of individuals and organisations which really goes beyond what would be expected. 

Reducing Vulnerabilities
Nottinghamshire Police, Modern Slavery and Foreign National Offender Team
David Camp, Stronger Together
International Justice Mission UK
Kim Ann Williamson, CPS Wales
Enabling and Supporting Survivors' Rights and Entitlements
Iwona Twarda, SIFA Fireside
Fiona Couzens, Simpson Millar LLP
The Adavu Project
Free For Good
Rebuilding Lives
Women’s Therapy Centre
The Coop – Bright Future
Nicola Bell, Victims First: Willow Project
Jill Robinson and Elizabeth McKee, Flourish

We have a fantastic panel to judge the shortlist: last year's winners Cristina Gavrilovic (Justice and Care) and Philippa Roberts (Hope for Justice), as well as HTF and the Marsh Christian Trust.


The Anti-Slavery Day Media Awards recognise the work of those journalists, filmmakers and broadcasters who have highlighted the nature and prevalence of modern slavery and human trafficking. 

Best written opinion piece dealing with modern slavery or human trafficking
How did we let modern slavery become part of our everyday lives?, Felicity Lawrence, The Guardian
Who should be ‘spotting the signs’ of modern slavery?, Leticia Ishibashi, FLEX
More slaves recorded than ever, is the UK’s response enough?, Patrick Burland, International Organization for Migration

Best written news piece dealing with modern slavery or human trafficking
‘I feel I am dying’: UK tied visa reform leaves abused workers vulnerable, Jack Barton, WikiTribune
Child slavery victim sues Home Office after sexual assault at Morton Hall, Annie Kelly, The Guardian
Thousands Enslaved in Forced Marriage across the UK, Hannah Summers, The Guardian

Best investigative news article dealing with modern slavery or human trafficking
Dark factories: labour exploitation in Britain’s garment industry, Sarah O'Connor, Financial Times
'My Husband Sold Me To A Brothel', Corinne Redfern, Elle Magazine
Exposed: Hundreds Of Homeless Slaves Recruited on British Streets, Jane Bradley, Buzzfeed

Best broadcast piece dealing with modern slavery or human trafficking
Thirty Years A Slave: Thanh’s Story, Julie Etchingham, ITV News
The college cleaner no-one knew was a slave, Anna Collinson, BBC
Spotlight: Tien's Story, Denise O'Connor, BBC Northern Ireland  

Best film dealing with modern slavery or human trafficking
The Trap, Annie Kelly and Mei-Ling McNamara, The Guardian
The Secret Gardeners, ECPAT UK and Animage Films
Sex trafficking: a family business, Anastasia Moloney, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Best work raising awareness or educating about modern slavery or human trafficking
'I hope you’re ready to get married': in search of Vietnam's kidnapped brides, Kate Hodal, The Guardian
Chasing Shadows: Can technology save the slaves it snared?, Kieran Guilbert and Valeria Cardi, Thomson Reuters Foundation
Forced labour in the UK: ‘I tried to escape . . . they cut my finger off’, Layli Foroudi, Financial Times

We have another wonderful panel of experts to judge the nominations:

  • Melissa Blackburn (Encounters Short Film Festival Anti-Slavery Advisory Panel)
  • Tom Phillips (Ethical Trading Initiative)
  • Tstisi Matekaire (Equality Now)
  • Anna Sereni (Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group)
  • Sinead Geoghegan (ECPAT UK)
  • Tamara Curtis (Love 146)
  • Caroline Robinson (FLEX)
  • Jacob Sobik (Anti-Slavery International)
  • The Snowdrop Project

Winners will be announced on 15th October at Speaker's House.

See who has won awards in previous years here