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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Posted on Dec 2, 2014

Today is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, which marks the date of the adoption of the UN Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others on 2 December 1949.

Unfortunately, modern slavery persists across the globe with an estimated 35.8 million people still subjected to contemporary forms of slavery. Millions of children are trafficked for sexual purposes each year, enslaved to the worst forms of child labour and held captive in forced, early and child marriages. The focus of this day is on eradicating present-day slavery in all of its manifestations.

ECPAT works in 78 countries around the world with the goal to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Please share this message with your friends and family and help us raise awareness about child sexual exploitation and modern forms of slavery.