Whilst the transatlantic slave trade was outlawed in 1807 and slavery is prohibited internationally by Article 4 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, there are still an estimated 12.3 million people across the world in slavery today, forced to work for little or no pay.
The UK Anti-Slavery Day Act was passed into law in April 2010, and the first Anti-Slavery Day took place on 18 October 2010. The Day aims to raise awareness of the dangers and consequences of modern-day slavery and human trafficking. Find out more on the Anti Slavery Day website.
If you would like some ideas to help your school mark Anti-Slavery Day and learn about slavery past and present, have a read through our articles about the Transatlantic Slave Trade or Child Labour or Migration and Trafficking.
This moving animation exposes how Vietnamese children are transported across the world and forced to grow drugs in British houses. It was created by Animage Films and Oscar-nominated animator Erica Russell for ECPAT UK.