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The end of child slavery?

Bales Kevin

in Child slavery now

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9781847426109
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301714 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426109.003.0022
The end of child slavery?

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Given the breadth, depth, and horror of child slavery to be found in this book, how can it be eradicated? There are two key reasons. The first has to do with trends within child labour generally. In 2006, the International Labour Office published its second Global Report on child labour, which indicated that child work was declining. The report pointed out that these actions rest on a growing international consensus that child labour must be radically reduced. This idea of a global consensus highlights the second key reason why the eradication of child slavery can be seen as possible: the understanding that just such ‘tipping points’ apply to slavery, and child slavery, as well. Ending slavery is possible due to favourable social, political, and economic factors. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights places freedom from slavery at the top of the list of fundamental rights. In addition, laws against slavery are already in place in many countries. Another reason is related to economics; for example, freed slaves are more productive and consume more than they did in slavery.

Keywords: child slavery; child labour; economics; human rights; freedom; laws; International Labour Office

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