'Slavery was abolished by most countries 150 years ago, but bonded and forced labour, trafficking and exploitation persist'

Yes. It is true: There are more slaves in the world today (2018) than at any time in history! 

Photo: Modern-day slavery: The numbers

Many years ago, when I was at high school, in our history classes, we studied many historical events. One of them, was about ‘Slavery’. I recall that our teacher told us that ‘Slavery’ was abolished for good in 18th century!

When was slavery abolished?

Slavery was abolished in the U.S. in 1865 with the 13th Amendment. Slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire with the Slavery Abolition Act 1833. In 1848, France colonies abolished slavery...Continue to read more

It appears that my high school history teacher was very optimistic! There are more slaves in the world today (2018) than at any time in history! Wow! So much for the abolition of slavery!


What is modern-day slavery?

'About 150 years after most countries banned slavery – Brazil was the last to abolish its participation in the transatlantic slave trade, in 1888 – millions of men, women and children are still enslaved. Contemporary slavery takes many forms, from women forced into prostitution, to child slavery in agriculture supply chains or whole families working for nothing to pay off generational debts. Slavery thrives on every continent and in almost every country. Forced labour, people trafficking, debt bondage and child marriage are all forms of modern-day slavery that affect the world's most vulnerable people.’...Continue to read

Why are millions of people trapped in slavery?

Photo: Rotarians Combating Modern Slavery

Slavery is illegal in throughout the world, yet an estimated 21 million people are enslaved globally. To put that number in perspective on Anti-Slavery Day, there are more slaves in contemporary society than at the height of the transatlantic slave trade. But would you recognise a modern slave if you saw one in the street? Watch the video

Global forced labour generates $150bn a year in illegal profits

'Forced labour in the global private economy generates illegal profits of $150bn (£89bn) a year – three times more than previously thought – according to a report that lays bare the lucrative scale of the exploitation faced by millions of people trapped in modern-day slavery, coerced employment and trafficking.

The study, by the UN's International Labour Organisation (ILO), found that almost two-thirds of the total profits ($99bn) came from commercial sexual exploitation; the rest was derived from forced economic labour, such as domestic work, construction and mining.

According to ILO estimates, more than half of the 21 million people believed to be experiencing forced labour, trafficking and modern-day slavery are women and girls in commercial sexual exploitation and domestic work. Men, meanwhile, are most commonly exploited in agriculture, construction, manufacturing, utilities and mining – sectors that together account for $43bn of the annual illegal profits. The remaining $8bn comes from the savings private households make by either not paying or underpaying domestic workers held in forced labour.

Annual profits per victim are highest in developed economies and the EU ($34,800 per capita), followed by countries in the Middle East ($15,000 per capita), and lowest in the Asia-Pacific region ($5,000 per capita) and in Africa ($3,900 per capita).'...Continue to read

What a shameful and corrupt world we have created.

Thus, let us come together, once again, and campaign for the abolishment of slavery.

How? What can we do? ...Watch these pages