An estimated 21 million people are enslaved throughout the world.

Learn about today's forms of slavery and abolition.

Slavery takes many forms

Slavery is outlawed in every country in the world, and yet it still persists in many forms.

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    Domestic Servitude

    Employees working in private homes are forced or coerced into serving and/or fraudulently convinced that they have no option to leave.

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    Sex Trafficking

    Women, men or children that are forced into the commercial sex industry and held against their will by force, fraud or coercion.

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    Forced Labor

    Human beings are forced to work under the threat of violence and for no pay. These slaves are treated as property and exploited to create a product for commercial sale.

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    Bonded Labor

    Individuals that are compelled to work in order to repay a debt and unable to leave until the debt is repaid. It is the most common form of enslavement in the world.

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    Child Labor

    Any enslavement — whether forced labor, domestic servitude, bonded labor or sex trafficking — of a child.

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    Forced Marriage

    Women and children who are forced to marry another without their consent or against their will.