December 2, every year is observed as the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. This day was assigned by the United Nations General Assembly, which was seen as globally relevant, the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery aims to eliminate the modern-day forms of slavery that exist in our society.
As per the UN records, about 24.9 million people are forced into labour, about 15.4 million people are forced into marriage, and 5.4 out of 1,000 people fall into the trap of what is called modern-day slavery. Last year the UN declared that about 150 million children are forced into child labour.
This day highlights the importance of human rights, making it certain that people are free from the fetters of slavery. There are a lot of organizations working all over the world to spread awareness about the slave trade and its evolution and by conducting sessions and seminars.
The UN said that it has pledged to fight this battle against slavery and end the bonded labour, forced labour, child labour, and human trafficking.
One of the UN experts said that all over, people who are hitherto mistreated or ill-treated on the basis of their sex, race, age, disability, religion, nationality, and economic status and those who are living in a lack of basic amenities like sanitation and education can be at higher risk of further exploitation.
Article 4 Universal Declaration of Human Rights deals with the Issues like modern-day slavery, it asserts that a person should not be imprisoned in slavery and all forms of slave trades should be prohibited.
A caution was given by the UN human rights experts to the government on Monday in which they said that the government should take powerful measures to prevent exploitation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic as this pandemic has created a much larger section of vulnerability in people which the slavers and traffickers will see as an opportunity.
As per the Times Now report, a statement was issued by about 50 experts that said, there is a direct link between the pandemic and socio-economic vulnerability and there are excessive chances of exploitation. The kind of exploitation can include the harshest and worst forms of child labour or human trafficking and even sexual exploitation.