According to research, the fight against slavery has been going on since the beginning of time. Iceland and Japan being the first countries to officially abolish it in the 13th century.
While Initially European countries led the way in abolishing it in the 19th and 20th centuries, first in their own countries and colonies, then globally through sanctions, political pressure and diplomacy . The United Nations then officially made it illegal globally after the 2nd world war, although the last country Mauritania only made it officially illegal as late as 2007.
Modern day Slavery
According to the walk free foundation the populations of African, Arab and Asian countries still remain the most vulnerable. Global slavery index
Slavery very much still exists in many countries, including the west with regards to sex trafficking. Black Africans continue to enslave other ethnic groups, women are raped and child soldiers are taken. Even today Certain Muslim groups still believe it is their right to enslave others not of their religion. Women and children are smuggled throughout the world enslaved in the sex industry. In Asia people are tied to machines in factories. These issues overlap regions, cultural groups and reach all levels of societies.
How does slavery affect us?
Through western media the story of the slave trade and the enslavement of black Africans by Western whites has been told over and over. Yet similar stories are tragically overlooked in the rest of the world. Who’s highlighting these past and present atrocities and telling these stories elsewhere today. Isn’t this is a brush that has tainted us all.
Our minds are closed to specific cultural and race groups, thinking only they are capable of such atrocities and yet we continue to ignore those that condone those atrocities around us. We also fail to acknowledge that there are people among us who are involved in such travesty’s, whilst we also fall short as people with the capacity to act to change the lives of those affected.
I almost own nothing but reached a score of 16 on a test to check my slavery footprint.
How many slaves have you unknowingly engaged?
How can we get engaged?
Where are these stories and how are we encouraging others to tell these stories and address these issues?
How thoughtful are we in what we buy? How observant are we and how much responsibility do we take in reporting possible Humanitarian injustices?
Here is A list of Movements and organisations stepping up to fight modern Day Slavery. Although it is always best to source an organisation already working in your area.
Volunteer and Tell their story.
What are your Thoughts and How should you and we Respond?