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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

UNESCO launches first-ever survey of historical and contemporary slavery

"Slavery may have been legally abolished around the world, but it remains 'a widespread and deeply rooted component on contemporary life' concludes the first-ever comparative analysis of historical slave systems and modern forms of human bondage, published online today by UNESCO. Entitled Unfinished Business, the survey was commissioned by UNESCO's Slave Route project and prepared by Joel Quirk of the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE, U.K). It aims to provide the basis for dialogue about ways of addressing contemporary slavery, including human trafficking, sexual servitude and child labour, and the enduring legacies of historical slave systems"

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