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Why the slavery continues

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In Professor Kevin Bales’ shocking book ‘Disposable People’, he estimates that there are around 27 million workers enslaved today.

Some are in debt bondage in a Pakistani brick factory, others imprisoned in a brothel in Thailand, or sweating in a charcoal camp in Brazil.

Benin in Western Africa is the scene of child slavery and trafficking but why does it continue? How do the conditions of slavery today compare with those in the past? Kevin Bales explains.

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