The United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (resolution 317(IV) of 2 December 1949) was adopted by General Assembly, United Nations(UN) on December 2. Since then, we celebrate the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery every year.

Why do we celebrate ‘International Day for the Abolition of Slavery?’

The aim and objective of the day are to remove slavery in all its forms which include:

  • Human trafficking
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Child Labour
  • Forced Marriage
  • Forced Recruitment of children in war
  • Inhuman working conditions
  • Contract for employment before one attains adulthood

What is the significance of ‘International Day for the Abolition of Slavery?’

Slavery is not only a problem to the modern structure of the world but is also against basic human rights. There have been many problems reported to the people employed in slavery by the strengthened sections of society. In most cases, this problem is faced by African and poor countries(Source: United Nations).

There may not be a direct form of slavery in the world in prevalent forms right now. However, some new forms of slavery have emerged. At the same time, a considerable population also goes through traditional slavery. International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is about complete independence from these inhumane practices. Let us take a look at how slavery is one of the major problems in the world:

  • There have been numerous reports of ‘human trafficking’ doing the rounds all over the years. Slavery and human trafficking are the driving force behind each other. A blow on one will cause the other one to diminish.
  • As slavery has been made illegal in all the countries, the traffickers either make the people fall for trap or abduct them to make them slaves. Most of the slaves are children. Because, children are easy to convince and get easily frightened, they are often on the hit list.

Hence, it is important for us to understand the motive behind the day and celebrate the spirit by joining in.

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