Why Does Slavery Still Exist?
Slavery in some form or another has always existed within human civilisation. Though formally outlawed in most countries by the mid-1800’s, it remains as complex and pervasive as ever as an imbedded part of our global economy.
Modern Slavery is an extreme form of inequality with root causes in political, religious, cultural, economic, and social discord. It has also become a powerful market force driven by supply and demand. Systemic poverty, discrimination, and restrictive migration regimes create supply pools of human beings vulnerable to exploitation. Consolidated corporate power (which limits a fair distribution of profits) and irresponsible outsourcing practices, combined with mass consumerism and an influx of low-priced “disposable” goods into the market create the demand. Over the past 20 years, the sustained momentum of global leaders, NGO’s and human rights activists have finally exposed these abuses. More recently, international legislation is compelling the participation of businesses and holding them accountable for identifying ways to disrupt the systems and practices that enable slavery’s continued proliferation.