International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery seeks to raise awareness and eliminate slavery around the world. Slavery is not merely a historical relic. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) more than 40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery. Although modern slavery is not defined in law, it is used as an umbrella term covering practices such as forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage, and human trafficking. Essentially, it refers to situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, and/or abuse of power.
In addition, more than 150 million children are subject to child labour, accounting for almost one in ten children around the world.
Learn more about International Day for the Abolition of Slavery: https://www.un.org/en/events/slaveryabolitionday/