What is modern slavery?

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Modern slavery is all around us, often hidden in plain sight. People can become enslaved making our clothes, serving our food, picking our crops, working in factories, or working in houses as cooks, cleaners or nannies. Victims of modern slavery might face violence or threats, be forced into inescapable debt, or have their passport taken away and face being threatened with deportation.

Many people have fallen into this trap because they were trying to escape poverty or insecurity, improve their lives and support their families. Now, they can’t leave.

According to the latest Global Estimates of Modern Slavery (2022) from Walk Free, the International Labour Organization and the International Organization for Migration:

  • 49.6 million people live in modern slavery – in forced labour and forced marriage
  • Roughly a quarter of all victims of modern slavery are children
  • 22 million people are in forced marriages. Two out of five of these people were children
  • Of the 27.6 million people trapped in forced labour, 17.3 million are in forced labour exploitation in the private economy, 6.3 million are in commercial sexual exploitation, and nearly 4 million are in forced labour imposed by state authorities
  • The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the conditions that lead to modern slavery
  • Migrant workers are particularly vulnerable to forced labour.
Source: Global Estimates of Modern Slavery: Forced Labour and Forced Marriage, Geneva, September 2022

Types of slavery today

Modern slavery takes many forms. The most common are:

  • Human trafficking. The use of violence, threats or coercion to transport, recruit or harbour people in order to exploit them for purposes such as forced prostitution, labour, criminality, marriage or organ removal
  • Forced labour. Any work or services people are forced to do against their will, usually under threat of punishment
  • Debt bondage/bonded labour. The world’s most widespread form of slavery. People trapped in poverty borrow money and are forced to work to pay off the debt, losing control over both their employment conditions and the debt
  • Descent–based slavery (where people are born into slavery). A very old form of slavery, where people are treated as property, and their “slave” status has been passed down the maternal line.
  • Child slavery. When a child is exploited for someone else’s gain. This can include child trafficking, child soldiers, child marriage and child domestic slavery
  • Forced and early marriage. When someone is married against their will and cannot leave. Most child marriages can be considered slavery
  • Domestic servitude. Domestic work and domestic servitude are not always slavery, and when properly regulated can be an important source of income for many people. However, when someone is working in another person’s home, they may be particularly vulnerable to abuses, exploitation, and slavery, as they might be hidden from sight and lack legal protection.

Why are people in slavery today?

People may end up trapped in slavery because they’re vulnerable to being tricked, trapped and exploited, often as a result of poverty and exclusion and because laws do not properly protect them.

People can be particularly vulnerable to modern slavery when external circumstances push them into taking risky decisions in search of opportunities to provide for their families, or when people find they are simply pushed into jobs in exploitative conditions. Anyone could be pressed into forced labour, but people in vulnerable situations – such as being in debt, or not having access to their passport – are most at risk. Crises like the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change can make people even more vulnerable to exploitation.

Where do we find slavery?

People are being exploited and pushed into slavery all around the world. While it may take different forms, we’re committed to ending slavery for everyone, everywhere.

Slavery is a problem in the UK, where many people experience human trafficking, bonded labour and forced labour. Many products on our local shop shelves might have been made by people in forced labour, but the complex supply chains that businesses have created might make it harder for business to spot exploitation and abuses in their supply chains. In many cases they even hide behind this complexity to evade responsibility. That’s why we are pushing for new laws to protect workers and hold businesses accountable for exploitation occurring in their supply chains.
 

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Requiring working-class people to pay for the college education of others. That is one answer. Slavery,
Higher education should be taxpayer subsidized. It was to a much greater degree when I was in college and I am not strapped with debt because of that. And also, anyone who works for a wage is working class. Thats most of the population. We benefit from an educated and work ready adult population.
 
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Requiring working-class people to pay for the college education of others. That is one answer. Slavery,

Oh Dear God! How Terrible! To Whom shall I make your check out to to compensate you for your pain and suffering?
 
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Higher education should be taxpayer subsidized. It was to a much greater degree when I was in college and I am not strapped with debt because of that. And also, anyone who works for a wage is working class. Thats most of the population. We benefit from an educated and work ready adult population.
I imagine the cotton farmers and their financiers had similar reasonings in 1850. Thanks for the equating. People can always rationalize their crimes if they need to.
 
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Oh Dear God! How Terrible! To Whom shall I make your check out to to compensate you for your pain and suffering?
Are you talking to the descendants of blacks asking for reparations? I see your logic.
 
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I imagine the cotton farmers and their financiers had similar reasonings in 1850. Thanks for the equating. People can always rationalize their crimes if they need to.
You receive no benefits at all from others'
taxes? We extremely doubt that.
Your position is absurd and phony.
 
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This is probably one reason Education costs are so high.
Education costs are high because the government subsidizes loans for higher education - and because schools keep adding features and incentives to attract that unlimited loan money. When anyone can get approved for a loan of any amount in order to go to college, and a college degree is deemed necessary for every job, college costs can rise unchecked.
 
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That’s why we are pushing for new laws to protect workers and hold businesses accountable for exploitation occurring in their supply chains.

What are the proposed laws in the UK? Are there similar proposals being considered in the US?
 
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Requiring working-class people to pay for the college education of others. That is one answer. Slavery,
People with no kids paying for the schooling of other peoples kids. Slavery!
 
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I thought that's what the fuel tax was used for but I get your drift.
My taxes going to roads on the other end of the state I have no use for, clearly slavery.
 
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