Across the globe, an estimated 29.8 million people are living in modern slavery—stripped of their dignity and humanity, forced to work effectively without pay, trapped behind bars, and worse. The world’s most vulnerable are sentenced to a lifetime of rape, abuse, and extreme labor.
Those who perpetuate modern slavery count on our silence to drive their profits. They survive on secrecy and stigma. Without the attention of world leaders, they have been able to enslave more people today than at any other point in history.
If we take a stand now, we can make ending slavery a global priority, ensuring those trapped in the web of silent slavery are not ignored.
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Photo Caption: Supporters of Veero Kolhi, a freed bonded labourer turned election candidate, listen to her speech during an election campaign on the outskirts of the city of Hyderabad in Pakistan's Sindh province April 5, 2013. Picture taken April 5, 2013.
I believe our generation can build a world without slavery.