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Learn About Modern Day Slavery Today

There are an estimated 21 million to 45 million people trapped in some form of slavery today. It's sometimes called "Modern-Day Slavery" and sometimes "Human Trafficking." At all times it is slavery at its core.

What is the definition of human trafficking?

The United Nations defines human trafficking as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion) for an improper purpose including forced labor or sexual exploitation. It takes on many forms today. Explore them below.

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Domestic Servitude

Employees working in private homes are forced or coerced into serving and/or fraudulently convinced that they have no option to leave.

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Sex Trafficking

Women, men or children that are forced into the commercial sex industry and held against their will by force, fraud or coercion.

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Forced Labor

Human beings are forced to work under the threat of violence and for no pay. These slaves are treated as property and exploited to create a product for commercial sale.


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Bonded Labor

Individuals that are compelled to work in order to repay a debt and unable to leave until the debt is repaid. It is the most common form of enslavement in the world.

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Child Labor

Any enslavement — whether forced labor, domestic servitude, bonded labor or sex trafficking — of a child.

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Forced Marriage

Women and children who are forced to marry another without their consent or against their will.