International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

On the night of 22 to 23 August 1791, in Saint-Domingue ( now known today has Haiti and the Dominican Republic) saw the beginning of the uprising that would play a crucial role, in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. It is with this effect that the celebration of International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is commemorated on 23 August, each year in hope of such a day will inscribe the tragedy of the slave trade in the memory of all peoples as well as create collective consideration of the historic causes, the methods and the consequences of this tragedy.

Therefore as we remember this important event,let not forget that other forms of slavery still exist, including racism, prejudice and modern slavery.

Today, we at OVIWCE (One Voice For Women and Children Emancipation) want to draw attention to the men,especially women and the child victims who continue to suffer from modern day slavery, especially in Nigeria, through sex trafficking, child exploitation and other forms of exploitation.

What’s modern day slavery?
It can be referred to has an institutional slavery that continues to occur in present-day society which on like the old is now less about people literally owning other people ( although that still exists) but more about being exploited and completely controlled by someone else, without being able to leave.

Someone is in slavery if they are:
forced to work – through coercion, or mental or physical threat;
trapped and controlled by an ’employer’, through mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse;
dehumanised, treated as a commodity or bought and sold as ‘property’;
physically constrained or have restrictions placed on their freedom of movement.

Forms of modern slavery
1) Forced labour – any work or services which people are forced to do against their will under the threat of some form of punishment.
2) Debt bondage or bonded labour – the world’s most widespread form of slavery, when people borrow money they cannot repay and are required to work to pay off the debt, then losing control over the conditions of both their employment and the debt.
3) Human trafficking– involves transporting, recruiting or harbouring people for the purpose of exploitation, using violence, threats or coercion.
4) Descent-based slavery – where people are born into slavery because their ancestors were captured and enslaved; they remain in slavery by descent.
5) Child slavery – many people often confuse child slavery with child labour, but it is much worse. Whilst child labour is harmful for children and hinders their education and development, child slavery occurs when a child is exploited for someone else’s gain. It can include child trafficking, child soldiers, child marriage and child domestic slavery.
6) Forced and early marriage – when someone is married against their will and cannot leave the marriage. Most child marriages can be considered slavery.

I will be ending with this note. Slavery is all around us and need to be eradicated so I huge us all to join in the fight to end any form of modern day slavery in Nigeria and the world by reporting suspected cases to NAPTIP and other security agencies.

Please let us know in the comment section, what you think about modern day slavery and how it can be eradicated in our society/environment.

Written by :- Hamed Musa (Alex mhd)


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