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Slavery in the Twenty-First Century

On 12th March the University of Hertfordshire will host a round table to address this problem which affects 12 million people.


Academics, lawyers and representatives of the Anti-Slavery International Association will hold a discussion regarding slavery in the Twenty-First Century and the forms in which it continues to take place.

These practices include cases of bonded labour, forced marriage of girls, forced labour, descent-based slavery, human trafficking and child labour.

According to the Association, these practices are occurring even in countries where slavery has been abolished, and those that recognise denouncements of slavery such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the United Nations Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, The Slave Trade and Institutions and Practices Similar to Slavery (1956).

Despite this, Eastern European women continue to be subjected to prostitution, children are trafficked between West African countries, and in Brazil men are forced to work as slaves on farms.

The starting point for the debate will be a screening of the film “Hell on Earth: Slavery Today”, which denounces the fact that today more than 12 million people are slaves.

Filmed by Anti-Slavery International in 2006, the film highlights new types of slavery taking place in Niger and the Philippines through interviews with people directly affected by these practices.

It also includes the testimony of antislavery activists who carry out their work in different countries and who have been subjected to practices of slavery.

The event is organised by St Albans Amnesty International in association with the University of Hertfordshire School of Law, Hertfordshire Law Society and the Hertfordshire Junior Lawyers Division.

The event will take place on 12th March at 7pm in Lecture Theatre N002, at the University of Hertfordshire (Mosquito Way, Hatfield AL10 9EU).

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