For thousands of years, slavery has been an evil that spread across the world. These days, many people think the practice has stopped in most countries, but that may not be right. A recent study shows that slavery is still legal in lots of countries around the world.
In the U.S., it is a crime to force a person to work without being paid. It is not a crime everywhere, though. A Nottingham University study has found that slavery is legal in 94 countries – that’s about half of the countries in the world.
The researcher and lecturer, Katarina Schwarz, said: “It will surprise many people to learn that in all of these countries there are no criminal laws in place to … punish people for subjecting people to the most extreme forms of exploitation.”
According to the International Labour Organization, over 40 million people across the globe are forced to be slaves. While most of these victims are in Middle Eastern and African countries, many are being enslaved in Western nations that have laws against the practice.
Slavery in America
Many Americans mistakenly believe that modern slavery only takes place in other countries, but this is not true. In the United States, many slaves are brought over the border in secret to serve Americans who illegally enslave foreigners. In the state of Texas alone, about 300,000 people have been kidnapped and sold into slavery.
The United States government is working to find and arrest those who enslave others. In 2016, federal authorities captured almost 2,000 people who were sneaking slaves over the southern border.