Slavery is generally defined as activities involved when one person obtains or holds another person in compelled service.

Over history slavery has taken many different forms and currently in relation to the Modern Slavery Act of 2015 someone is in slavery if they are:

  • Forced to work through mental or physical threat
  • Owned or controlled by an 'employer', usually through mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse
  • Dehumanised, treated as a commodity or bought and sold as ‘property’
  • Physically constrained or have restrictions placed on his/her freedom

There are an estimated 21 million to 45 million people trapped in some form of slavery today. It’s sometimes called “Modern-Day Slavery” and sometimes “Human Trafficking." At all times holding someone with or without their will in the definition of slavery is involved.. 

The United Nations defines human trafficking as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring, or receipt of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion) for an improper purpose including forced labor or sexual exploitation. It takes on many forms today.

There are a number of forms of Human trafficking and the most populalar types are listed below, please click on each link to see more information:
Forced or Coerced Servitude
International and National Sex Trafficking
Forced and Bonded Labour

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