More than two centuries after slavery was outlawed, 29.8 million people globally continue to be subjected to new and diverse forms of servitude.
According to Gulnara Shahinian, the UN special rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, its causes and consequences, “contemporary slavery… often occurs in hard to reach areas of the country or what is perceived as the `private realm’, such as in the case of domestic servitude…
“In today’s world, slavery takes many different forms: human trafficking, forced labour, bonded labour, servitude… These people are controlled and forced to work against their will and their dignity and rights are denied”.
The IRIN News service – the humanitarian and news organisation of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – lists 162 coutries where slavery continues.
Read the IRIN Report.
See Slavery Index.