Anti-Slavery Day Awards 2016

The winners of the Anti-Slavery Day Awards 2016 were announced at the State Rooms of Speaker's House on Tuesday 18th October. The annual ceremony pays tribute to the work of those in the media who have highlighted the nature and prevalence of modern slavery in the UK, as well as those who have made an outstanding contribution to the fight against modern slavery.


John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, presented the awards to the winners of the media awards, The Home Secretary, Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP presented the outstanding contribution awards and HTF Chairman Anthony Steen CBE presented the award for outstanding contribution by a public official (full list of winners below). 

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:

 "Modern slavery remains a largely hidden crime. The first step to eradicating slavery is realising that it is happening all around us. The media and activists play a crucial role in raising our collective awareness about slavery, so I am delighted to be here today to recognise the important work of journalists and campaigners who have shone a light on the issue and given a voice to the victims of this barbaric crime.

“Modern slavery destroys the lives of some of the most vulnerable in our society. By standing against it together we send a message to traffickers and slave-drivers that it will never be tolerated.”

Rt Hon Fiona Mactaggart MP, Chair of APPG on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery said: ‘Unfortunately, the UK priority is to target exploiters, which has too often led to a careless approach to the needs of victims.  Too many have been abandoned, homeless and with no income so they have been forced back into exploitation. Anti-Slavery Day is a reminder not to be silent about these issues. As William Wilberforce said, “You may choose to look the other way, but you can never again say that you did not know”.’

Anthony Steen CBE, Chairman of the Human Trafficking Foundation said: ‘Six years ago, I piloted my Private Members Bill through Parliament. The result is that the 18th October is recognised annually as Anti-Slavery Day. The Modern Slavery Act proved a milestone, but increasing numbers of victims appear each year in the UK, with 1,104 slaves found in London alone in 2015. Traffickers are not too bothered whether UK is in or out of the EU and will continue selling people as commodities, no matter how stringent border controls may be so long as they can make money. So I ask the Home Secretary and the Speaker if together we make a further breakthrough in what is now a world epidemic netting $180bn to traffickers.’


Full list of winners:

Media Award Winners:

1.       Best TV or Radio Drama or Documentary dealing with Human Trafficking:

Catherine Carr- BBC Radio, 4 Woman’s Hour, ‘India’s Trafficked Children’

2.       Best investigative newspaper article dealing with trafficking for sexual exploitation:

Kareem Shaheen, The Guardian ‘Dozens of Syrians forced into sexual slavery in derelict Lebanese house’

3.       Best investigative article child trafficking:

Oliver Holmes, The Guardian, ‘How child sexual abuse became a family business in the Philippines’

4.       Best investigative article forced labour:

Felicity Lawrence, The Guardian, ‘The Gangsters on England’s Doorstep’

5.       Best investigative article dealing with trafficking for domestic servitude:

Annie Kelly and Hazel Thompson, The Guardian, ‘The vanished: the Filipino domestic workers who disappear behind closed doors’

6.       Best stage or film production dealing with modern slavery:

John Domokos and Harriet Grant, The Guardian, ‘I was just a slave: the foreign domestic staff living a life of five- star serfdom in London’


Outstanding Contribution to the fight against modern slavery winners:

1.       Practical Support and Assistance to Victims:  Shpresa Programme

2.       Policy, research and Influencing work: Kalayaan

3.       Legal work: ATLEU


Outstanding Contribution by a public official winner:

Fiona Hill, Downing Street Joint Chief of Staff