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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

More than 40 million people around the world are trapped in modern slavery, which is usually regarded as forced labor, debt bondage, forced marriage, and human trafficking. Slavery is a condition where a person can't leave because of threats, violence, abuse of power, deception, and coercion. Those most affected by modern slavery are the poorest and most socially excluded groups, including migrants, women, discriminated ethnic groups, minorities, and indigenous peoples. Besides the more than 40 million adults in modern slavery, over 150 million children—almost a tenth of all children—are forced into child labor.

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery aims to eradicate forms of modern slavery-like sexual exploitation, human trafficking, child labor, forced recruitment of children for armed conflict, and forced marriage. It is held on December 2nd, the anniversary of the General Assembly's 1949 adoption of resolution 317(IV), which is the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others.

How to Observe International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

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