International Day for Slavery Abolition

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In order to mark International Day for Abolition of Slavery, teleSUR takes a look at modern-day slavery in pictures.

The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery seeks to raise awareness of the millions of people living in conditions of slavery. According to the Global Slavery Index, some 45.8 million people are in some form of modern slavery in 167 countries.

Of the millions of those enslaved, 58 percent come from five countries — India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Uzbekistan.

From human trafficking to indentured labor, sex slavery and forced child labor, slavery deprives people of their fundamental right to freedom, subjecting them to inhumane treatment for the sake of profit.

Capitalism and globalization have been blamed for the ongoing injustice inflicted upon innocent people by corporate greed.

Almost 21 million people are victims of forced labour — 11.4 million women and girls and 9.5 million men and boys.

Almost 21 million people are victims of forced labour — 11.4 million women and girls and 9.5 million men and boys. Photo: AFP

Almost 19 million victims are exploited by private individuals or enterprises and over 2 million by the state or rebel groups. In this photo, a mourner (R) grieves for her relative, missing and presumed dead, at the scene of the 2013 Rana Plaza garment building collapse in Bangladeh, which killed nearly 1,000 people.

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