Few issues have affected human history like slavery has. It is entrenched in the social and economic fabric of our society.
But slavery is not just a historical relic. According to the International Labour Organization more than 40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery (UN,2019). Although modern slavery is not defined in law, it is used as an umbrella term covering such practices as forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage, and human trafficking. It refers to situations of exploitation that people cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, and/or abuse of power. It is often the most vulnerable in our society that are the most susceptible. The UN has reported that more than 150 million children are subject to child labour, accounting for almost one in ten children around the world.
Join us and contribute to the conversation by recognizing the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.