According to the International Labor Organization (ILO) more than 40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery. Although modern slavery is not defined in law, it is used as an all-encompassing term covering acts such as forced labor, debt bondage, force marriage, and human trafficking. Inadvently, this refers to any situation of exploiting a person that they cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception and/or abuse of power.

The 2nd of December is set aside by the United Nations General Assembly to mark International Day for the abolition of slavery, according to Resolution 317(IV) of 2nd December, 1949.

The significance of this day is the elimination of the forms of slavery, such as human trafficking, sexual exploitation, child labour, forced marriage and forced enlisting of children for the use in armed conflict.

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