People have been taking other people as slaves since the first cities and nations were built. Most people in the Western world today agree that slavery is a crime against humanity. It wasn’t seen this way in the past, though, and it was a part of society for thousands of years all around the globe. In many places, it still exists today.
Slavery Around the World
In China, the Great Wall was built with forced labor. In ancient Mexico, the Aztecs built their society on slavery. Ancient Rome and Greece were also built on slavery, and one can even find slavery described in the Bible.
Europeans participated in the African slave trade for around 300 years, from the 16th to the 19th century. Many Christians found slavery barbaric and inhumane, so they worked to stop it. In 1833, the British Parliament enacted the Slavery Abolition Act, which freed most of the slaves in the British Empire. The United States followed later, abolishing slavery after the Civil War.
The Future of Slavery
What will the future of slavery be? Looking at history, we can see that slavery is common, and that we are actually living in an usual time where slavery is illegal in many places. But there are some countries where slavery is actually coming back. Will the world keep saying no to slavery?