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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery: Home

The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery focuses on eradicating modern forms of slavery.

December 2 ~ United Nations International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Seven-year-old picking garbage in a dump near Sao Paulo. [1986]

United Nations Facts and figures:

*  An estimated 40.3 million people are in modern slavery, including 24.9 in forced labor and 15.4 million in forced marriage.

*  There are 5.4 victims of modern slavery for every 1,000 people in the world.

*  1 in 4 victims of modern slavery are children.

  • *  16 million people are exploited in the private sector such as domestic work, construction or agriculture

*  4.8 million people in forced sexual exploitation, and 4 million people in forced labor imposed by state authorities.

*  Women and girls are disproportionately affected by forced labor, accounting for 99% of victims in the commercial sex industry, and 58% in other sectors.

Street Children in Brazil by UN photographer, Claudio Edinger

Books about Contemporary Slavery

Books about Contemporary Slavery

Films about Contemporary Slavery

Solutions to End Human Trafficking / CNN  ©2017. 1 video file (49 min., 6 sec)

Millions of refugees have entered Europe since 2015. Thousands more have perished in their journey along the way. With a major migration crisis staring governments in the face, solutions to the problem remain elusive. What’s worse, CNN investigations also reveal refugees being abused, held for ransom, and forced into prostitution or hard labor against their will. 

Maids : Docile and Invisible, A Story On Domestic Workers / Grand Angle Productions (Firm)  ©2016. 1 video file (51 min., 28 sec)

In Asia, in the Middle East, and even in Europe, in the privacy of families that can act with impunity, over fifteen million housekeepers are victims of slavery: exploited at will, abused, and sometimes raped, these invisible women are the sacrificed workers of the global economy. 

Fight for Freedom: Confronting Modern-Day Slavery / CNN ©2015 1 video file (47 min. 28 sec) 

Harvard University and the CNN Freedom Project join forces for a special panel event examining the fight against human trafficking in America.

The Tree Workers' Case : Human Trafficking in the European Union / Inter/Aktion GmbH  ©2012. 1 video file (52 min.)

Shedding light on one of the most brazen criminal enterprises to be uncovered in the E.U. in the past two decades, this film tells the story of approximately 2,000 workers—mostly from Southeast Asia, but also from Romania, the Slovak Republic, and other European countries—who were systematically exploited in the Czech Republic between 2009 and 2010. 

The Dark Side of Chocolate : Child Trafficking and Illegal Child Labor in the Cocoa Industry / DR TV (Television station : Copenhagen, Denmark).  ©2010. 1 video file (47 min.)

Have chocolate manufacturers turned a blind eye to child trafficking and de facto slavery on African cocoa farms? 

Sunitha Krishnan - Fighting Sex Slavery / TED Conferences LLC. Films Media Group, [2012], ©2009. 1 video file (13 min.)

Human rights activist Sunitha Krishnan is galvanizing India's battle against sexual slavery by uniting governments, corporations, and NGOs to end human trafficking. 

Stolen childhoods / ABC News Productions. New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2006], ©2005. 1 video file (22 min.)

An uncompromising look at child exploitation, this ABC News program features investigative filmmakers Len Morris and Robin Romano, who have exposed child labor operations around the globe. 

Voices of disposable people: a documentary / by Robert Cornellier ; a production of Macumba International. New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2006], ©2003. 1 video file (53 min.)

More than 300 million men, women, and children are being forced to work in conditions of virtual enslavement. They have lost all control over their lives, and their survival rests in the hands of exploitative individuals and corporations. 

Human trafficking : crisis for the EU and the world / Ruiz, Wilson R. New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2007], ©2007. 1 video file (27 min.)

Europe's wealth represents a golden opportunity for those who smuggle cheap, easily exploited workers across international borders. This program investigates by recording the experiences of human trafficking victims and evaluating the work of the EU government in the battle against 21st-century slavery. 

Find More! Search for Books, E-books and Streaming Films

Use the links below to search for additional books and films on “modern slavery”, “child slavery”, “forced labour”, “debt bondage”, “human trafficking”, “sex trafficking”, and other related topics.