Slavery still exists today

Slavery in the 21st Century : Where there is slavery to this day

Twelve million people, estimate the United Nations, now live in a modern form of slavery. Every second of them is a child. You are a victim of Forced labor, human trafficking and prostitution - and not only found in the Gulf States.

In Brazil Big entrepreneurs who let slaves work on their plantations are regularly denounced. Many of the enslaved employees are Descendants of earlier generations of slaveswho had been abducted from Africa. The International Labor Organization (ILO) criticizes the slave tradition, especially in parts of West Africa. Scarcely 300,000 children would be alone on the cocoa farms Ivory Coast work. In Central Asia, children are being forced to harvest cotton, and Syrian refugee children work on farms in Lebanon for their families who have fled the civil war.

Slavery was only banned a few years ago in Mauritania, but it still persists. Mauritania was one of the last states to outlaw serfdom. But it will likely take more years before the law is complied with. Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have been enslaved in the conflict between Sudan and the now independent South Sudan.

In many Caribbean countries, too, children are forced into forced labor. So is in Haiti and the Dominican Republic the custom of "Restavecs" Widespread: Poor families sell their children to rich households so that they can stay there as a helper (“rester avec”). And in Afghanistan the tradition of putting boys in girls' clothes is still alive. As "Battscha Bazi" the children should please men with dances - and often also be available for sexual services.

Sex services are especially in Europe the largest branch of slavery. More than 100,000 women will be especially from Romania and Bulgaria The European Union estimates that it is smuggled into Western Europe every year. In Germany, the Federal Criminal Police Office assumes some 10,000 women. In fact, only 600 to 800 are recorded annually - a large part of prostitution remains in the dark. Most women are younger than 20 years.

The exploitation of workers is also not a specialty of golf: the competition venues and infrastructure of the Winter Games in Sochi would be built on the bones of poorly paid guest workers, warns the human rights organization Human Rights Watch (HRW). As a result, more than 16,000 foreigners - mainly Ukrainians, Serbs, Armenians, Uzbeks, Kyrgyz and Tajiks - toil for starvation wages since 2009 twelve hours a day on around 800 Olympic construction sites. Often seven days a week and without vacation. They are housed in miserable barracks. Many have had their passports taken away to prevent them from ending their misery by fleeing, according to a 67-page paper that HRW handed over to the International Olympic Committee in February. HRW interviewed 66 workers about this. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Kosak,

who coordinates the preparation of the Games, rejected all allegations of human rights violations in the Olympic buildings in July. Abuse only occurs in individual cases, if this were the rule, “I would know about it”.

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