Slavery is illegal in almost every nation on earth but slavery still exists everywhere.
No matter where you are, it’s close to home. Modern slavery affects people in the world’s richest and the world’s poorest countries, within borders and across borders. Slavery can trap thousands in one place – like mines and factories – or happen at a small scale, where a single girl is trapped in a stranger’s home and forced to work without pay. Source: U.S. State Department
It is estimated that at least 35.8 million people are forced to live in slavery around the world today.
Many people think slavery was abolished years ago. But there are more people living in slavery today than the total number of people taken from Africa to America in the vast trans-Atlantic slave trade between the 17th and 19th centuries. And even a single person is one person too many. Source: Global Slavery Index 2013
The victims of slavery can be as young as five or six years old.
Young children have their childhoods stolen from them. Teenagers who reach for a better life can find themselves tricked into accepting the offer of a job far away that turns into the nightmare of slavery. Slavery is our generation’s problem – and our generation must provide the solution. Source: International Organisation for Migration
Modern slavery generates profit of over US $32 billion for slaveholders.
Modern slavery is profitable, generating at least US$32 billion in profits every year – more than the entire output of Iceland, Nicaragua, Rwanda, and Mongolia combined. And it isn’t just a problem in distant, poor countries; nearly half the total, an estimated $15.5 billion, is made in wealthy industrialized countries. Source: International Labor Organization
Slave labor contributes to the production of at least 122 goods from 58 countries worldwide.
Official U.S. government research identifies many products – such as diamonds from Africa, bricks from Brazil, and shrimp from Southeast Asia – as products that are commonly produced with slave labor. Around the world, people are forced to work with the threat of violence for little or no pay producing dozens of things we use every day, like soccer balls, flowers, and chocolate. Source: U.S. Department of Labor – ILAB
End the enslavement of millions of Indian children
Every day, millions of children in India wake up with nothing to look forward to except hours of back-breaking labour working everywhere from stone quarries to carpet factories to rice mills.
Children as young as 5 years-old are kept from school, forced to work 7 days a week for up to 18 hours a day and end up with crippling injuries, respiratory disorders and chronic pain.
Call on the Indian Parliament to immediately pass the “Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill” and end child slavery in India.