Causes And Consequences Of Modern Day Slavery In The 19th Century

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1. Introduction

Slavery did not end with abolition in the 19th century; the practice of slavery continues to exist today in various forms. Despite being illegal in every country in this globalized world, men, women and children are forced to work with their freedom taken by employers of different backgrounds; dehumanized and regarded as property that can be traded. Modern day slavery is driven by the need of inexpensive workforce and the pursuing for higher profit.

The ILO estimates that modern-day slavery is a $150 Billion per year business, and more than 20.9 million people are working as modern-day slaves, victims of forced labor, or are trapped in jobs into which they were coerced into and from which they cannot leave.

Some may inhumanely argue that the practice of slavery in highly labor-consuming industries aids in bringing down the average cost of hiring normal workforce from the market, thus resulting in more affordable products, which in turn stimulates the economy. However, a mere cost-benefit analysis is deemed unfit to judge the humane rights and duties of people, industries and nations.
Therefore, this project aims to explore root causes and effects of modern day slavery and examine the ethical dilemmas that are associated in every step of the supply chain in the various industries that still continue to practice slavery. Moreover, imperative solutions as well as the call to action in dealing with eradicating modern day slavery are examined; the

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