Modern Slavery: Not a thing of the past by jenna peterson


Anyone can be enslaved. Most often, women are used for sex trafficking, children are used for begging and men are used for labor but anyone can be forced to do anything. People who are in debt to another or just poor in general are the targets.

"A large percentage of the Indian population lives in extremely unstable conditions leading to human trafficking, forced labor and other kinds of exploitation and discrimination that pave way for modern slavery"(India, a Land of Modern Slavery?).


Freedom: Something that people take for granted. Imagine not being able to be educated, being spit on, work with no pay, and starve with no way to make the situation better. This is slavery. Forcing one to do something for the benefit of another with no basic human rights. No voice, no way out. It is not only a violation of human rights, it is inhumane.

"Modern slavery involves one person possessing or controlling another person in such a way as to significantly deprive that person of their individual liberty, with the intention of exploiting that person through their use, management, profit, transfer or disposal"(India, A Land of Modern Slavery?).


Slavery is all around the world and ALL around India. Everywhere you turn, at brick kilns, embroidery factories, quarries, rice mills and farms. In private households and roadside brothels, there is slavery in the works.

"There are 29.8 million people enslaved around the world. The countries with the highest numbers of enslaved people are India, China, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and Bangladesh"(New Estimate).


Slavery allows one to make more money than they would to pay someone. With more money, business booms which is the goal of every business. Today, it is much cheaper to enslave people than it used to be, and with it easy to replace the enslaved, many lives are disposed of without a second thought.

"$150 billion each year in illicit profits for traffickers"
"In the 19th century it was difficult to capture slaves and transport them to the United States. But today, when someone in slavery gets sick or injured, they are simply dumped or killed."(Free the Slaves)

Survivor Stories

“When we were in slavery, people beat us and we didn’t tell anyone. One laborer in our group died from being beaten so badly at the brick kiln”(Building Freedom Brick by Brick).

Many people in India are enslaved at brick kilns for the brick industry. The people in control have no problem beating and killing. They treat the people not as humans which is a perfect example of the lack of human rights people endure. Physical abuse was horrible but the psychological impact that being enslaved has on people was just as bad. The memories embedded into these people’s minds forever will haunt them.

"Debt bondage has been outlawed in India, but impoverished villagers do not know their rights"

With no knowledge of their rights, and the necessity for some people to borrow money is just a bad setup for slavery. One way to start making a difference is to let people know their rights as legal humans and how to maintain their rights.

How To Help

There are many organizations that are trying to let the world know about slavery, and attempting to free as many people as possible. They provide people with education & legal support to slowly but surely diminish slavery.

Go to to help give people the freedom they deserve


“Building Freedom Brick by Brick.” Free the Slaves, Accessed 18 Jan. 2017.

“India, a Land of Modern Slavery?” Indian Currents, 11 July 2016. Infotrack Newsstand, Accessed 18 Jan. 2017.

“Slavery in India.” Free the Slaves, Combined Federal Campaign, Accessed 13 Jan. 2017.

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