Thursday, December 6, 2012

21 Million People around the World Work in Forced Labour

It was once a common platitude in international aid circles to say that anyone could be enslaved. The fear of so-called white slavery is what spawned the Liam Neeson movie Taken. A rich American girl is kidnapped while on holiday in Paris and is destined for a life of (sexual) servitude unless her father saves her.
“It's nonsensical in the extreme,” Aidan McQuade, director of Anti-Slavery International, a non-governmental agency that combats forced labor, tells TakePart. “Most people who are enslaved in the world today are people from vulnerable communities.”
And there are a lot of them: Some 21 million people are victims of forced labor across the world, according to the International Labour Organization, a U.N. agency that monitors labor practices around the world. These people are considered to be “trapped in jobs which they were coerced or deceived into and which they cannot leave.”

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