Slavery and Abolition: words that bring to mind pictures of Africans and white captors, sugar cane plantations and civil war. Why now, hundreds of years after it was legally abolished does slavery rear its ugly head? The last episode of Slavery: A 21st Century Evil poses this question, among others, to a panel of those who direct or seek to influence government policies on slavery across the world.
There are a list of vital ingredients belying the issue of slavery today which are outlined in the debate. These factors combined with an environment without the rule of law and limited access to justice breeds high levels of vulnerability, ultimately resulting in many millions being trapped in modern day slavery.
This televised debate was lead by Rageh Omaar with a panel of experts: Luis C d’Baca from the US State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons; Kevin Bales, the president of Free the Slaves; David Batstone, the president of Not for Sale; and Joy Ezeilo, the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons.
To view this debate click here.
To view the series on Al Jazeera click here.