When we think of slavery we often think of the transatlantic slave trade but the truth is that slavery continues to this day in the form of trafficking, sexual exploitation, forced labour and the recruitment of children for armed conflict. According to the United Nations 21 million women, men and children are trapped in slavery all over the world. This an astonishing number of people who have been denied their basic rights to a life of their choosing, free from harm and exploitation.
Even the UK is not immune from contemporary slavery with reports of forced labour and human trafficking happening within its borders. According to the Serious Organised Crime Agency, between April 2009 and March 2010, 706 potential victims of slavery were formally identified within the UK though it is estimated than many more slaves than this exist.
200 years after the abolition of the slave trade, it is shocking that slavery is still continuing on such a wide scale. This is why the International Labour Organisation has organised a world-wide campaign to fight slavery. Called “End Slavery Now” the campaign has attracted the attention of many well-known people to raise awareness of modern-day slavery and to fight for this abhorrent practice to stop.
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