There are many different ways one can describe slavery. Webster's Dictionary defines slavery as "one who is owned and forced into service by another," while, the Oxford Dictionary the definition is of one who is an "obsessive devotee." The meaning of slavery has evolved throughout the years and has different meanings to different people. Today when someone says the word slavery more than half of the people would think back to the 1800's of plantations and people being forced to work the land. Although technology has replaced much of this physical labor, has slavery really ceased to exist?.
Many people do not realize it but indeed we do have modern-day slavery. This problem that is often over looked in today's society. It may not have as much impact as it did years ago, but if we stop and think about it, this problem is still as harsh and crude as it was years ago. In fact, I would think that up to some extent the problem has grown now because it is in fact often overlooked. .
An estimated 27 million people are enslaved around the world. who are bought and sold, held captive, brutalized, and exploited for profit. Roughly two-thirds of the world's captive labors - 15 to 20 million people- are debt slaves in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal. This type of modern day slavery is happening right under our noses and nothing it seems is been done to stop it. While the age range varies from as young as seven to forty five it is obvious slave traders and buyers aren't particular about the lives they wish to destroy. The amazing thing about modern day 21st century slavery is that it not only happens in countries like Sudan, India, Pakistan, Brazil, it even occurs right here in the Unites States. .
As a result of the Islamic vs. Christian civil war in Sudan, women and children that are mostly black and Christian are captured in raids. They are later sold as chattel slaves in "modern day slave markets".