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Aug 23, 2011

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Remembrance of the Slave Trade - Child Labour and Human trafficking

Slavery has been part of human history through time. Slaves were used, among numerous examples, to build: the only man-made structure visible from space, the Great Wall, the glorious Angkor reservoirs and monuments, the Taj Mahal, built by the Hindu slaves of the Mughal ruler Shahjahan , and the pyramids.
Remembrance of the Slave Trade - Child Labour and Human traffickingRemembrance of the Slave Trade - Child Labour and Human trafficking


23 August - International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade:


“The night of 22 to 23 August 1791, in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) saw the beginning of the uprising that would play a crucial role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.” (HREA)

220 years later, we are part of the modern society. History, globalization, new technologies and cultural exchange, has enabled us to learn to respect other human beings and their freedom, despite the legacy of discrimination, racism and poverty left by slavery. Therefore, slavery is over.

WRONG!

• An estimated 2.5 million people are in forced labour, 56% on Asia and Pacific

• Worldwide, 126 million children work in hazardous conditions, often enduring beatings, humiliation and sexual violence by their employers

• An estimated 1.2 million children — both boys and girls — are trafficked each year into exploitative work in agriculture, mining, factories, armed conflict or commercial sex work

• 43% of victims of human trafficking are used for forced commercial sexual exploitation, of whom 98 per cent are women and girls

• The highest proportion of child laborers is in sub-Saharan Africa, where 26 percent of children (49 million) are involved in work

•The estimated global annual profits made from the exploitation of all trafficked forced labour are  US$ 31.6 billion, from which 49%  is generated in industrialized economies and 30.6% is generated in Asia and the Pacific

Source (UNICEF, UN.GIFT, OSCE, UN)

I recommend  visiting this site: http://www.productsofslavery.org/.