Monday, October 28, 2013

The Slave Trade Today

Sadly and tragically, it is going strong. To quote:
“Modern-day slavery has many faces,” said Ana Steele, president of the Dalit Freedom Network USA and Dalit Freedom Network UK, explaining that the United Nations’ definition includes “the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”

Regardless of what form it takes, Steele explained, “it is incumbent on each one of us to combat modern-day slavery wherever it exists.”

Her comments come in the wake of the release of the 2013 Global Slavery Index, which detailed the various kinds of modern-day slavery, as well as countries with the highest density.

The Global Slavery Index used research conducted over a period of 10 years and was compiled by a team of four authors and drew from support of 22 experts. Although this is the first, the aim is to conduct a yearly report on global slavery.

The report stated that “modern slavery takes many forms and is known by many names: slavery, forced labor or human trafficking,” and it included these different forms in its study of slavery around the world. (Read more.)

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