Education

MODERN SLAVERY

This part of the website is used for our second core focus: education.

Below you will find a brief introduction to the many forms of modern slavery and links to websites that will provide further education on the matters.

It is important to note that the following forms of slavery should not be viewed as exclusive from one another. For instance, a person may be a victim of human trafficking which can then lead to them being subjected to forced labour.

All the sources we list below have received our tick of approval in both their content and influence in the fight against modern slavery.

We also offer educational presentations to schools and communities within our reach. Those interested should contact 30milliontonone@gmail.com

 

Human Trafficking 

The UN defines human trafficking as the acquisition of people by improper means such as force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them.

In more simple terms, human trafficking is the selling of a human being.

Trafficking is a major problem throughout South-East Asia and Africa, but instances of the crime can be found in every country – as shown in the annual Trafficking in Persons Report.

Trafficking is one of the world’s largest problems, with estimates that it is now a $150 billion industry.

For more information on human trafficking, we recommend the following organisations:

End Slavery Now

Anti-Slavery International

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

 

Forced Marriage

Forced marriage is difficult problem as it can spawn from deeply entrenched religious beliefs. This raises questions such as “Is an arranged marriage a forced marriage?” 

The answer to this is not always clear and the most important thing to consider is consent: If either party does not consent to the marriage then it must be considered a forced marriage.

The issue becomes even more difficult when it involves children – often referred to as child marriages.

Can a girl under the age of 18 give consent? Can her parents give consent on her behalf?

These questions make child marriages an increasingly difficult notion, and we can recommend the following pages for information on forced and child marriages:

Girls Not Brides

Freedom United

 

Forced Labour

When a person is made to work or provide a service against their will and under the threat of punishment, this is known as forced labour.

Forced labour encases a number of horrible practices including forced prostitution and child soldiers. It can also include agricultural, construction and domestic work – work which a person should be paid for.

Those forced into these lines of work are often the most vulnerable of people, including young girls and the Dalit people in India and Nepal.

For more information on forced labour, visit the following:

Anti-Slavery International

International Labour Organization 

 

Debt Bondage

Debt bondage occurs when a person is kept in slavery under the belief that they must work in order to pay off a debt that they owe.

This “debt” is often an imaginary figure and no matter how long the slave works, their enslaver will always demand more.

This practice is common within the sex industry, with girls being told they must work off the debt that the brothel has incurred to acquire them from traffickers.

It is also common for children to be sold into labour and being told they must pay off the same cost.

More information can be found here:

Fight Slavery Now

Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women

 

Slavery by Descent 

Slavery by descent is literally when a person is born into a life of slavery.

This may occur because a person’s mother or father were a slave, because their family has been slaves for generations, or simply because their caste is a slave caste.

As mentioned above, this is the case with the Dalit caste in India and Nepal, who are born into a life of forced labour. Sadly, this means a majority of Dalit girls are forced into prostitution from a young age.

Anti-Slavery International is the best place to go for more knowledge on slavery by descent.