Though it’s been over it’s been more than a century since the end of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the practice of using forced human labor has proven to be a stubbornly modern problem. According to 2016 estimates by the Global Slavery Index 45.8 million people are currently enslaved worldwide.
Despite clear laws banning such exploitation, these numbers have remained high as practices continue to evolve.
Pope Francis and several of the world's leading religious leaders joined together in a pledge to end human slavery by 2020, focusing on the tens of millions of people "in chains" due to human trafficking and forced labor.
We were shocked to learn that there are more slaves in the world today than at any time in history, and slavery's various expressions include human trafficking, sex slavery, descent-based slavery, forced labor, bonded labor, and chi...
It is estimated that there are as many as 27 million sex and labor slaves worldwide. A few years ago, I had no idea that slavery still existed.
"Modern slavery" takes on many forms, including human trafficking, forced labor, debt bondage, and the 8–year–old forced into marriage with a Yemeni man five times her age. Altogether, though, the number of modern slaves is huge: al...