Since 1986, 2 December has been designated by the UN as an international observance called International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.
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This observance is intended to raise public awareness about the modern day, illegal slave trade. It is focused on educating people concerning the horrors of human trafficking, forced prostitution, and similar types of slavery.
A different UN observance, held on 23 August, focuses on remembering the slave trade of earlier centuries, its oppressive and demeaning character, and its final abolition.
On International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, special events give opportunity for various experiences of the modern day slave trade to be shared. This is done through poetry, interviews, factual articles and reports, and more. Schools and other organisations may have a special emphasis on how human trafficking is harming modern society as well as individuals.