slavery-300x225The history of slavery across the centuries and in many countries around the world is a painful history to read, and slaves as well as enslavers have been of every race, religion and nationality. The history is painful to read because of the picture it paints of the human species.

Slavery is essentially a system in which people are treated as property; bought, sold, and most importantly, they are forced to act against their free will. Slavery is still present today, seen in forced child marriages, child soldiers, work slaves, sex slaves and other forms.

There are currently 29.6 million slaves around the world, more than ever before, about equal to the populations of Australia and Denmark combined.

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