(TELESUR) – Over 40.3 million people worldwide are living in modern forms of slavery such as bonded labor, child labor, human trafficking and forced begging, according to a research carried out by the Walk Free Foundation (WFF) and the International Labor Organization (ILO).
The WFF-ILO report defines contemporary slavery as having to do with “situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, and/or abuse of power.”
These extreme models of worker exploitation have resulted in a multi-million dollar business which traffics people across the world to favor the accumulation of capital in fields such as agriculture, domestic labor, construction, and sex work.
Nowadays, Africa, a continent still plagued by endless interstate wars and civil wars, has the highest prevalence of modern-day slavery, with more than seven victims for every 1,000 people.
Blessing, a Nigerian 11-year old girl, is one of the victims of this modern-day scourge. She was rescued by the Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) in 2016, after two years of being exploited as an unpaid housemaid for a family which used to beat her with an electrical wire if she forgot one of her chores.
“They would tell me that my mother was coming, that I should not tell her what was happening to me, that I should not even say anything,” she said.