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Mark tables Early Day Motion on Slavery and Human Trafficking

(June 16, 2011)

Mark Hendrick, Labour & Co-operative Member of Parliament for Preston, has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) in the House of Commons on the issue of slavery and human trafficking. Mr Hendrick said: “It is astounding that slavery still exists. Many people are unaware that more slaves actually exist today than at the height of the trans-Atlantic slave trade of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It is important that we continue to raise awareness and I am calling upon the government to use every tool at its disposal to combat slavery and human trafficking.”

The Early Day Motion voices concern that two and a quarter centuries after the fight to end slavery started, tens of millions of people around the world remain enslaved– including thousands within Britain. The EDM also celebrates the 224th anniversary of the first meeting of the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade. The actions of the Society led to the slave trade being abolished within the British Empire in just twenty years. The great historian and political thinker Alexis de Tocqueville described the movement as “absolutely without precedent...If you pore over the histories of all peoples, I doubt that you will find anything more extraordinary.”

You can read the full text of the Early Day Motion here. The EDM has attracted 63 signatures to date from cross-party MP's.

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