Slavery has been identified as a horrific problem in many villages experiencing cyclical poverty. Hopelessness and desperation often lead to extreme vulnerability for villagers to succumb to slavery.
Read the Slavery Prevention Blog.
What is Slavery?
Slavery occurs when one person completely controls another person, using violence or the threat of violence to maintain that control, exploits them economically, pays them little or nothing and they cannot walk away.
The realities of slavery are astounding:
- There are 21 million people in forced labor (June, 2012, The CNN Freedom Project)
- The total number of people estimated to be in slavery today ranges from 21-30 million (freetheslaves.net)
- Slavery is not legal anywhere but happens in every country in the world!
- 55% of victims today are women and girls; 45% are men and boys (freetheslaves.net)
- Slavery is a $32 billion annual industry; almost half is generated from western countries (The CNN Freedom Project)
- 78% of slavery victims today are in labor slavery, 22% are in the sex trade. (freetheslaves.net)
Teaching villagers about slavery prevention is part of the solution. The true solution is to end extreme poverty through TCD, thus removing the vulnerability. Ending poverty ends slavery.