Slavery in the 21st Century

Slavery for the 15 to 30 million slaves living in 2011 is a daily reality. Characterized by a denial of self determination, these enslaved individuals are forced to work for little or no pay under the control of another person. Trafficking of persons plays a large role in modern day slavery. 75-80% of all human trafficking victims are sold into the sex trade.

Trafficking victims lack access to education and healthcare, live under threat of brutal beatings and suffer a broad denial of the most basic human rights.

Trafficking of persons is a complex issue, yet often involves vulnerable people being coerced from ‘source countries’ to ‘destination countries’ with the promise of regular employment and a better life. ‘Source countries’ are generally economically depressed regions, particularly areas in Eastern Europe and Asia.

Claire CondonClaire CondonSlavery and trafficking are explicitly addressed in the UN Charter of Human Rights and the NGO community is guided by the ‘Three Ps’ in its work combating trafficking: Prevent, Protect, Prosecute. NGOs worldwide have created and worked on various initiatives to practically impact the trafficking of persons trade.

Adapted from article by Claire Condon, Loreto Intern at the United Nations Read Article

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