Addressing Modern Slavery
Nolan, J. & Boersma, M. (2019). Addressing Modern Slavery. UNSW Press, Sydney.
Posted: 9 Aug 2019 Last revised: 26 May 2020
Date Written: 2019
An estimated 40 million people are modern-day slaves, more than ever before in human history.
Long after slavery was officially abolished, the practice not only continues but thrives. Whether they are women in electronics or apparel sweatshops, children in brick kilns or on cocoa farms, or men trapped in bonded labour working on construction sites, millions of people globally are forced to perform labour through coercion, intimidation or deceit. In a world of growing inequality and trade-offs between the haves and the have-nots, consumers, business and government are all part of the problem and the solution. While we have all become accustomed to fast fashion and cheap consumer goods, the affordability of these commodities often comes at the price of human exploitation. Addressing Modern Slavery examines slavery in the modern world and outlines ways it can be stopped.
Keywords: modern slavery, modern-day slaves, slavery, bonded labour, sweatshops
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