Contemporary Slavery

Did you know there are more slaves in the world today than during the trans-Atlantic slave trade of the 1800’s?  There are now an estimated 30-40 million slaves globally, a high percentage of these being women and children.  Contemporary slaves are most often found as sex slaves, agricultural workers, garment (or other kinds of industrial workers) or are in domestic servitude. Early forced marriage and bonded/debt-work is also regarded as a form of slavery.

I have previously worked with NGOs, often faith based (or funded) organisations in the rescue of child sex slaves; a commodity, hired to pedophiles in SE Asia. I would like for my classmates to be aware that these practices are still occurring today and they can make informed choices that can have a direct impact on the practice of contemporary slavery.

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