The International Labour Organisation estimates there are around 21 million people in slavery across the world today. And yet the struggle to end, finally, this most abject form of exploitation remains of marginal concern in the development community.
Senior NGO staff in the UK and elsewhere in Europe have told me that the reduction in poverty they are working to achieve will erode the causes of slavery. But the causes are fundamentally about the political and cultural mechanisms of excluding people from economic and social justice. Unless development projects and campaigns consciously seek to undermine that exclusion, they will fail to remove people from slavery – and consequently from poverty.
Slavery in the modern world varies from trafficking for sexual exploitation, to forced labour of children as domestic workers, to forced labour of girls in manufacturing garments for high-street brands in Europe. via | guardian.co.uk