The End of Slavery


The End of Slavery


Kevin Bales



According to human rights organizations, scholars, government agencies and journalists, slavery exists in virtually every country of the world and in almost every U.S. state. A growing antislavery movement has been hard at work documenting and exposing this troubling discovery. Although slavery is illegal in every country of the world, it is estimated that there are more slaves today than ever before: 27 million, which is twice as many as the number of Africans enslaved during the four centuries of the transatlantic slave trade. Slavery has evolved since the American Civil War when antebellum slavery meant that one person was owned completely by another and could be inherited as property. Today’s slavery, however, is defined as one person forcing another to work without pay, by the use of violence or psychological manipulation. The different types of slavery that still persist today are chattel slavery, debt bondage, sex slavery and forced labor.

Kevin Bales is an author and President of Free the Slaves.

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slavery, antislavery movement, modern slavery, chattel slavery, debt bondage, sex slavery, forced labor


Gender and Sexuality | Inequality and Stratification | Race and Ethnicity | Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance

The End of Slavery