The Society, which originated in 1983, is the second oldest anti-slavery organization in the English-speaking world.  John Clarkson, one of members of its Board of Governors, is a direct descendant of Thomas Clarkson, who was a leading member of three earlier anti-slavery organizations:

  • the Committee for the Abolition of the Slave Trade (later, the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade) founded in 1787;

  • the Society for the Mitigation and Gradual Abolition of Slavery throughout the British Dominions, founded in 1807; and

  • the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, founded in 1839.

The aims of the Society are:

  • to relieve suffering of;

  • to free or rescue; and

  • the social reintegration of — 

slaves, child slaves, bonded laborers, bonded child laborers, hierodulic (ie, temple or sacred) child prostitutes, child laborers and the victims of the international traffic in women and children for the purpose of prostitution, as well as the suppression of these practices and institutions.

THE ANTI-SLAVERY SOCIETY — A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS. No one hears the terrified screams of these children — some as young as 3, 4 or 5 years — when their master beats or whips them, burns their bare bodies with cigarettes, brands them with red-hot irons, or rapes them.

No-one hears their cries as they are starved or kept locked in cupboards for days on end, or chained up.

Change will not occur overnight.  But it will never change until governments and legislatures around the world, responding to world public opinion outraged by the worst abuses of child labor, shoulder their responsibilities for these children by taking action to suppress slavery in all its insidious forms.

As long as the West is silent, the governments of these countries will continue to avert their eyes from the plight of these children.

As long as we do not care whether or not the products which we purchase are made by child labor, these governments will continue to close their ears to the screams of these children.  

THE SOCIETY’S MISSION AND HISTORIC ROLE. The Anti-Slavery Society, in discharging its historic role for the most wretched and the most oppressed — child slaves, bonded child laborers and child laborers — works for the relief of their suffering, their emancipation or rescue, and their subsequent social reintegration after they have been released or rescued, as well as the suppression of these practices and institutions.

Last Updated April 03, 2007


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