There are an Estimated 40.3 Million Men, Women and Children Trapped in Modern Slavery 1
Slavery is a Global, Modern Day Problem
"No one shall be held in slavery or servitude;
slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms."
~United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. Article 4
The vision of the Foundation for a Slavery Free World is to eradicate all forms of modern day slavery worldwide. Whether it’s in the form of adult or child sex slavery, slave labor, or debt bondage.
There are an Estimated 40.3 Million Men, Women and Children Trapped in Modern Slavery. 1 That staggering figure accounts for more lives enslaved than all of the years of the trans-atlantic slave trade combined.
Our mission is to uphold and instill in others the inalienable rights guaranteed by the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, focusing on Article 4 that states:
“No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.”
With knowledge comes power. We are here to spread awareness and to form strategic partnerships with other like-minded organizations so that together we can tackle the many facets of this issue and bring an end to modern day slavery in all its forms.
"Once you dive down this rabbit hole, it’s hard to turn it off; you can’t un-know it at all. And so I’ve tried and will continue to try to give a voice to this issue, lend whatever I can to help make a difference and to mobilize people to stand together to put an end to this because to me, the biggest problem of it is that most people don’t even know it occurs. Good people don’t know. And if good people don’t know about it, we can’t do anything about it."
Marisol Nichols, Founder
Foundation for a Slavery Free World
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Did you know...
Thousands of children are sold for sex every day in the US.
There's no such thing as a child prostitute.
"Every day, children all across the United States are bought and sold for sex. More than half of these children are girls and many, if not most of them come from the foster care system. Despite not even being old enough to consent to sex - and despite the existence of federal law that defines them as victims of human trafficking, each year more than 1,000 American children are arrested for prostitution in the U.S."
-Yasmin Vafa, Executive Director of Rights4Girls
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Modern Day Slavery
"It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name -- modern slavery."
-President Barack Obama in remarks to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2012
Human Rights Are Universal
At the end of World War II, Eleanor Roosevelt championed a document called the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This document outlines the thirty basic human rights and fundamental freedoms to which all human beings are entitled. It was adopted by the United Nations which is now 193 countries strong.
It remains to this day, the most Universally accepted document on Human Rights.
In it, there are several freedoms relevant to the issue of modern day slavery. Most importantly, Article Four, which states:
"No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms."
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
According to The Global Slavery Index, there are an estimated 40.3 million men, women and children trapped in modern slavery.
That staggering figure accounts for more lives enslaved than all of the years of the transatlantic slave trade combined.
The Business of Modern Day Slavery
Worldwide, 1 out of every 337 people are modern day slaves. On average, that 1 slave cost somebody $90 but generates over $7,000 in profits every year. Collectively slaves generate over $150 billion of illegal profits per year. That’s nearly double the profits of the most profitable company in the world, the US Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), which pulled in $84 billion of profits in 2013. The harsh reality is that many of us unknowingly contribute to the big business of modern day slavery. Here’s how:
What is Modern Day Slavery?
These are 3 common characteristics of modern day slavery:
- The victim’s freedom of movement is restricted
- The victim’s control of personal belongings is restricted
- The victim’s fully informed consent is not given
“Modern Day Slavery” is actually a catch-all term for several slave-like practices:
- Forced Labor
- State Imposed Forced Labor (there are exceptions)
- Debt Bondage
- Migrant Worker Exploitation
- Human Trafficking
- Sexual Exploitation
- Forced Prostitution
- Forced Marriage