There are different estimates of how many slaves are living in the world.
However, it seems that the estimates fall within the same range: between
21 - 30 million. According to Free the Slaves, slaves "have been found
in 90 cities" within the United States and approximately 14,500 people are
brought in the United States to work as slaves every year. Slaves in the USA
work in people's houses, tend to the land, serve in manufacturing, work in hair
salons, serve in nail salons, or work in other type of industries, including the
commercial sex industry. According to the Washington Post, there are an estimated
60,000 slaves living in the United States. Slavery is no longer legal in any country,
but it still remains a strong, stagnant tool of oppression.
Slavery occurs in different areas: the workplace (hair salons, factories, etc.), in
people's homes, on farms, in fields, and in brothels. The
term "trafficking" or "human trafficking" often appears in slavery literature.
Trafficking is used to indicate that someone has been moved to a different area
to work as a slave. However, sometimes it's used to indicate slavery, whether the
person has been moved or not. Many times the term trafficking indicates sex slavery.
There are different forms of slavery:
-forced labor: the slave is working in someone's home, in a business, or in an industry
-forced prostitution: an adult or child had been forced into prostitution, or a child has
willingly gone into prostitution, but is under 18 years old.
-child marriage: the child was forced to or strongly encouraged to marry an adult.
Ten hot spots for slavery were identified. North American's own Haiti was rated no. 2. The
number one hot spot for slavery is Mauritania. A great many people in the country of
Mauritania are simply born into slavery. Children of slaves "are also considered to be
the master's property and, along with other slaves, can be rented out, loaned or given
as gifts in marriage" (Anti-Slavery International). However, India has more slaves than
any other country. There are 14 million slaves living in India. The continent of Asian
harbors approximately 24 million slaves. In Southeast Asia, "children ages 4 to 14 are
kidnapped or sold and forced to work as many as 18 hours a day to weave rugs" (GoodWeave).
In many different parts of the world, slaves are forced to make products (ex: clothing), forced
to mine (ex: diamond, gold), and are forced to harvest (ex: cocoa beans). Products are shipped
to different parts of the world, including the United States. In some countries, slaves- especially
children, are also forced to do things that might seem bizarre, such as fight wars or fish all
day long. Such things are accomplished through kidnappings and threats of violence.
Thank you for visiting this section. Please keep people who are going through such
challenges in your heart.
Free the Slaves, Homepage, https://www.freetheslaves.net/SSLPage.aspx
Slavery Map (this is different than the one this site links to), https://www.freetheslaves.net/page.aspx?pid=375
Rambho, Survivor in India, https://www.freetheslaves.net/sslpage.aspx?pid=357
Trafficking and Slavery Fact Sheet, https://www.freetheslaves.net/document.doc?id=34
Polaris Project, Emails received from Staff
Polaris Project, Human Trafficking, http://www.polarisproject.org/resources/resources-by-topic/human-trafficking
Human Rights Watch, Lonely Servitude- Nov. 15, 2012, http://www.hrw.org/node/111176/section/2
Washington Post, World Views; Max Fisher, This map shows where the world’s 30 million slaves live.
There are 60,000 in the U.S.October 17, 2013, http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/10/17/this-map-shows-where-the-worlds-30-million-slaves-live-there-are-60000-in-the-u-s/
Anti-Slavery International, Anti Slavery: Today's Fight for Tomorrow's Freedom,
Raising Hope for Congo, Conflict Gold, http://www.raisehopeforcongo.org/content/conflict-gold.