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December 12 2018, 4:22 PM
Slavery is thought to be eliminated as now we're living in modern day, but it's not.

Slavery did not end with abolition in the 19th century. Instead, it changed its forms and continues to harm people in every country in the world.

Slavery was banned in most countries by the advent of the 20th century, but it did not go away, it simply went underground.

Whether they are women forced into prostitution, men forced to work in agriculture or construction, children in sweatshops or girls forced to marry older men, their lives are controlled by their exploiters, they no longer have a free choice and they have to do as they’re told. They are in slavery.

40.3 million people were victims of modern slavery around the world in 2016, with a quarter of them children, according to a 2017 report by the UN’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation.

Modern day slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour, and human trafficking.

Slavery impacts people in every single country and due to advances in technology and methods used, it has become a more hidden crime that is often difficult to expose.

Neil Wain, programme director at anti-slavery charity Hope for Justice, spoke about Human Rights Day:

Human trafficking is an evil activity, profiting from human misery and taking people’s freedom in degrading and often barbaric ways. It is by nature a hidden crime – people would be shocked if they knew what was going on behind locked doors in their own communities, including here in the UK.

Slavery impacts people in every single country and due to advances in technology and methods used, it has become a more hidden crime that is often difficult to expose.

Today, Human Rights Day, is a good time to reflect on the shocking fact that so many millions around the world are trapped in modern slavery: forced to work, kept locked indoors as domestic servants, or coerced into the s.ex trade.

Modern day slavery is about people whose lives are controlled by their exploiters; whether that be women forced into prostitution, men forced to work in agriculture and construction, children forced to work in sweatshops, or girls forced marry older men.

Of the 40.3 million estimated to be victims, approximately 10 million are children, 24.9 million are in forced labour, 15.4 million are in forced marriages, and 4.8 million are in forced se.xual exploitation.

Ninety-nine per cent of people trafficked for se.xual exploitation are women and girls, according to the ILO.

It is a myth that slavery is only a problem overseas. Tens of thousands of victims have been identified in the UK, as reported by the government’s National Crime Agency

Human Rights Day is held every year on December 10, the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

The declaration’s article three states: ‘No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.’

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the declaration which applies to all human beings, regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Source: unilad

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