Alas, Slavery Lives

A new report details a world still plagued by human bondage

ALMOST 128 YEARS AFTER ABOLITION, Americans are still struggling with the costly political and social legacy of slavery. In huge swaths of Africa, Asia and Latin America, however, governments haven't even got that far. In a shocking study to be released March 23, the Geneva-based International Labor Organization reports that tens of millions of people around the globe, including children as young as six, are working in bondage -- in dangerous and degrading conditions that often involve 18-hour workdays, beatings and sexual abuse. Many are the victims of opportunistic slave raiders, sometimes called "child catchers" and "cats," who roam impoverished or...

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