Technology Can Help Us End the Scourge of Modern Slavery. Here's How

Technology Can Help Us End the Scourge of Modern Slavery. Here's How

Women and children make up 71% of the 40 million people trapped in slavery worldwide (Image: REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)

Women and children make up 71% of the 40 million people trapped in slavery worldwide (Image: REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)

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Modern slavery: it’s a strange term.

The word 'modern' generally has positive connotations. It’s up-to-date. Recent. Fresh. Cutting-edge.

Juxtapose that with the word 'slavery'. A most outdated concept. Captivity. Bondage. Oppression and repression. In the 21st century, slavery is surely something that only crazed individuals or dictators could possibly countenance.

Sadly, however, there are 40 million reasons why that is not the case; 40 million individuals, today, in 2019. This is despite the efforts of NGO activists, some in industry, and government.

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