It would be totally wrong if it is assumed that slavery has become a thing of the past since the 19th century. The practice has assumed a new form in every country of the world. This nasty practice still blights the whole world out there.
News fill pages of newspapers of women being forced into prostitution, children into farm and domestic work or cafes, and girls into marrying older men. According to a recent survey conducted by the International Labour Organization (ILO), there are close to 21 million men, women and children around the world engaged in a form of slavery of modern day.
Modern-day slavery comes in various forms, affecting people regardless of age, gender, nationality and religion. This inhumane practice has now become known as human trafficking, which can be defined as the exploitation of human beings for sexuality, forced labour and domestic servitude.
The United Nations has figured out that more than 800,000 people are trafficked annually. Unfortunately, this modern-day slavery is hard to tackle because of its fluidity and reach of trafficking networks worldwide.
Bit by bit, modern slavery or human trafficking has become a lucrative organized criminal activity because it turns out to be a source of huge profits for traffickers and crime syndicates. The ILO has estimated that modern slavery generates around US$32 billion a year.
The time has come to give serious consideration to the horrors of modern slavery by accelerating campaigns for public education and awareness. Lack of public understanding and awareness of the problem is what has failed all attempts to eliminate this horrible practice.
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