Slavery in its Contemporary Manifestations

Kevin Bales

in The Legal Understanding of Slavery

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199660469
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745508 | DOI:
Slavery in its Contemporary Manifestations

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This chapter aims to provide a subtle understanding of the ways slavery can be measured, predicted, and identified in modern society, both in terms of the wider social and economic factors that support modern slavery and the individual lived experience of enslavement. It uses specific indicators to measure the risk of enslavement in certain nations, communities, and/or regions. It also discusses the factors that support human trafficking and slavery, as well as the ways that slaves are used to produce local, national, and global products. This chapter observes that while slavery makes up a much smaller component of the global economy and society today, it still affects human beings on a massive scale.

Keywords: modern slavery; lived experience; enslavement; risk of enslavement; human trafficking; contemporary manifestations

Chapter.  11955 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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