Modern Slavery is a term used to describe the exploitation of vulnerable people by criminals for their personal gain. Men, women, and children can all be affected by modern slavery, which can be found in many forms, including:
- Forced Labour – When people are forced to work against their will, under the threat of punishment.
- Bonded Labour – this is the most widespread form of slavery, it involves people borrowing money from traffickers for a promised job in another country, from there their passports are confiscated and they can not leave until their debts are paid.
- Domestic Servitude - Domestic Slavery occurs when workers perform a range of tasks in private homes, with little to no pay or receive “payment in kind” for food and accommodation. These workers can experience violence, threats, withholding their documents and limit contact with their family.
- Human Trafficking – Is the process of trapping a person through the use of violence, deception and coercion and exploiting them for personal or financial gain.
- Sexual Exploitation – Is when somebody abuses their position of power or trust for sexual purposes and relates to non-consensual sex.
Unfortunately, modern slavery is closer than you with an estimated 45 million victims around the globe.