Understanding Modern-Day Slavery
Most countries banned "chattel slavery" — one person owning another person as property — in the 1800s. Despite this, slavery
continues in the modern day. Although owning slaves used to be a major investment formalized through legal documents, today's
slaves are held through debt bondage, indentured servitude or other forms of control.
For more than a decade, the phrase "human trafficking" has been used to describe the act of holding a person in forced service
— the very definition of slavery. The term can cause confusion, however, because it implies that traffickers always transport
victims across borders; in actuality, victims can also be held in their own homes. Experts maintain that when considering
the issue of human trafficking, it is important to do so in an accurate context — acknowledging that trafficking is modern
slavery and that trafficked persons are slaves.
Date Created: February 27, 2013