Combating Poverty and Inequality

Forced Labor and Slavery: Shedding Light on a Global Crisis

Modern slavery persists in various forms around the world, with millions of adults and children trapped in forced labor. This article sheds light on the prevalence of this global crisis, focusing on the disproportionate impact on women and girls and the alarming numbers in the Asia-Pacific region. By examining specific cases and recurring patterns of forced labor and slavery, we aim to highlight the urgency of addressing this grave violation of human rights.

Forced Labor and Modern Slavery: A Global Challenge

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), over 40 million people worldwide are currently living in some form of slavery. This shocking statistic reveals the extent of human suffering and exploitation that persists in our modern society. Among these victims, Asia and the Pacific region account for 25 million individuals, illustrating the gravity of the problem in this part of the world. Furthermore, forced sexual exploitation affects a staggering 73 percent of all victims, with women and girls bearing the brunt of this injustice.[1]

Brick Kilns: A Breeding Ground for Exploitation

Within the realm of forced labor, one of the most distressing manifestations is found in brick kilns. These sites of production become traps where entire families are subjected to bondage and abuse. The case of a brick kiln in a district in South Asia, vividly illustrates the dire conditions endured by workers. In 2016, nearly 550 bonded migrant workers were rescued from this facility, exposing the exploitative practices of the kiln’s owner. The laborers were found living in abysmal conditions, crammed into tin-roofed quarters or tattered tents. This alarming example underscores the urgent need to confront the inherent injustices perpetuated by such establishments.

Recurring Patterns: The Challenge of Breaking Free

Sadly, it is disheartening to note that many perpetrators of forced labor continue their exploitative practices even after being exposed. The International Justice Mission (IJM), an organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking, has rescued numerous workers, shedding light on the recurring patterns of exploitation. For instance, IJM’s efforts led to the liberation of 260 slaves from a brick factory in on of the largest cities in South Asia. The survivors’ accounts reveal a harrowing reality: they were forced to work up to 12 hours a day, seven days a week, while being isolated from any kind of support network. The physical abuse inflicted by the owners further emphasizes the urgent need for intervention and justice.[2]

Addressing the Crisis: A Call to Action

To combat modern slavery and forced labor, concerted efforts are required at local, national, and international levels. Governments, organizations, and individuals must collaborate to dismantle the systems that perpetuate exploitation. Stronger laws and enforcement mechanisms are essential to hold perpetrators accountable and protect victims. Additionally, supporting organizations like the International Justice Mission, who actively combat human trafficking, is crucial in providing resources and aid to survivors.[3] Furthermore, raising awareness about the realities of modern slavery and advocating for change are vital components in creating a global movement to eradicate this grave violation of human rights.

We have the power to make a difference in the lives of those trapped in modern slavery and forced labor. Support organizations like the International Justice Mission, who work tirelessly to rescue and rehabilitate victims. Break the chains of poverty with your sponsorship through GFA World. Through your monthly support, you directly impact the lives of children, empowering them to escape the grip of exploitation and build a life of freedom. Your sponsorship breaks the cycle of poverty and creates a ripple effect of positive change that extends to families and communities. Together, we can break the chains of modern slavery and pave the way for a future where every individual is free to live with dignity and opportunity.

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[1] “40 million in modern slavery and 152 million in child labour around the world.” International Labour Organization.–en/index.htm. September 19, 2017.
[2] John, Ekatha Ann. “Freedom at last for 548 migrant workers in bondage.” Times of India. March 3, 2016.
[3] “IJM’s Largest Operation in Bangalore Frees 260 Slaves.” International Justice Mission. April 2015.