Child Slavery

What is child slavery?

Childhood should be a time to grow, learn, play and flourish in safety.
But, an estimated 10 million children around the world don’t have that chance. Instead, they wake up each day trapped in modern slavery.

Some have been forced into back-breaking work in mines, brick kilns, sweatshops and private homes.
Others are forced into sexual exploitation, begging or selling drugs.
And it happens closer than we would like to think– children in the UK are often just as vulnerable to trafficking or exploitation.

Child slavery

Child slavery is the slavery of children.
The enslavement of children can be traced back through history.
Even after the abolition of slavery, children continue to be enslaved and trafficked in modern times, which is a particular problem in developing countries.

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The issue of child slavery is a complex and serious topic that involves the exploitation and abuse of vulnerable children. Some key points related to child slavery include:

  1. Exploitation: Child slavery involves the use of children for labor or other forms of exploitation in which their rights are violated. This can include forced labor, trafficking, debt bondage, or other forms of exploitation where children are coerced, forced, or deceived into work.

  2. Vulnerability: Children who are at risk of falling into child slavery are often from marginalized or disadvantaged backgrounds, including poverty, lack of access to education, displacement, or discrimination. They may be vulnerable to exploitation due to their social, economic, or cultural circumstances.

  3. Impact on well-being: Child slavery has severe physical, emotional, and psychological impacts on the well-being of children. It can result in physical harm, injuries, long working hours, and hazardous conditions that pose risks to their health and safety. It can also deprive them of education, play, and other opportunities for personal growth and development.

  4. Human rights violation: Child slavery is a gross violation of human rights, including the right to freedom, education, health, and protection from exploitation. It is considered a form of modern-day slavery and is prohibited under national and international laws and conventions.

  5. Global issue: Child slavery is a global issue that affects millions of children worldwide. It occurs in various industries, including agriculture, manufacturing, mining, domestic work, and the sex trade. It is often linked to complex supply chains, poverty, and lack of effective regulation and enforcement.

  6. Need for action: Addressing child slavery requires multi-faceted efforts, including legal and policy reforms, enforcement of existing laws, poverty alleviation measures, access to education, community empowerment, and awareness-raising. It requires collaborative efforts from governments, civil society, businesses, and individuals to prevent, address, and eradicate child slavery in all its forms.

It is important to recognize that child slavery is a grave violation of human rights and efforts should be made to raise awareness, advocate for change, and take action to protect and promote the rights and well-being of all children.

1 Troubled Waters: Inside the child slavery trade | CNN Freedom Project documentary

14 mrt. 2019

CNN Freedom Project investigates the root causes and potential solutions to the existence of 20,000 child slaves in Ghana’s lucrative fishing industry — and one local organization’s work to rescue dozens of these children. Since 2011, CNN has been shining a light on modern-day slavery. Traveling the world to unravel the tangle of criminal enterprises trading in human life amplifying the voices of survivors, and holding governments and businesses accountable. Slavery is not a thing of the past.

2 My stolen childhood: understanding the trokosi system – BBC Africa Eye documentary

15 mei 2018

Thousands of women across West Africa have been enslaved by a centuries old practice called “trokosi”. Girls are forced to live and work with priests in religious shrines, for the rest of their lives, to “pay” for the sins of family members. Although the practice has officially been banned in Ghana, it’s still happening there and in other parts of West Africa but on a smaller scale.
Twenty years after she was freed from this practice, Brigitte Sossou Perenyi goes on a journey to understand what trokosi really is and why her family gave her away.

3 Growing Up in Africa (full documentary)

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28 jun. 2014

Africa is the continent with the highest percentage of children with AIDS, orphans, forced to work nine hours a day for seven days a week in prostitution or suffering from various types of slavery.

Various NGOs and private institutions make everything they can to help these children. We will approach them to see some of their efforts they use to help them.

4 Les enfants esclaves du marché de Cotonou

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5 mei 2015

Espoirs d’Enfants contribue au développement de « la baraque », lieu d’accueil des enfants esclaves du marché de Dantokpa à Cotonou, capitale du Bénin.

5 “Enfants esclaves, 8 ans après”

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13 apr. 2013

“Enfants esclaves, 8 ans après”, France 2, “Envoyé spécial”, 19 janvier 2013. Voir site “Les mémoires des esclavages et de leurs abolitions”,

6 SnapDocs Documentary: Child Trafficking in Chocolate

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SnapDocs: Journalist Miki Mistrati from the newspaper Ekstra Bladet set out to investigate whether trafficking of children is still widespread in spite of the chocolate industry’s insistence to the contrary.

7 Child trafficking and child labour on the rise in Ghana

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Child trafficking and child labour on the rise in Ghana

13 jun 2019

Krachi west district has been identified as a major transit point for child trafficking and child labour.

This became known during a study tour by the centre for human rights, conflict, and peace studies at the University of Education Winneba in the district.

Peter Quao Adattor who was with the study group reports, seven child labourers were rescued within a spate of two hours on the lake.


Togo: Tough to Survive | Togolese Children Torn Between Forced Labour And Human Trafficking

The West African state is one of the poorest countries in the world. Nearly a third of Tologese children must work to help support their families. Kids as young as five toil away in dangerous conditions. Some are sent abroad or to distant cities on promises of better prospects. However, many end up in slavery and prostitution.

5 apr. 2018

Watch more films about Child Labour:…
Aziagba Philomene’s small children sit in a circle on the ground as if playing in a sandbox. But these kids are crushing stones into gravel with hammers almost too big for their small hands… and they do this seven hours a day, with no hand or eye protection. Though Aziagba is aware of the hard and dangerous conditions, she must send her children to work to provide her family’s basic needs. Otherwise, the $10-$30 per year for schooling each of her six kids would be too much. In the West African country of Togo, the Philomene family’s situation is far from unique. Some 30 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, and nearly a third of Togolese children must work to help support their families. With employment opportunities scarce, more than 300,000 Togolese children have been sent abroad or to distant cities on promises of better prospects. Most of these end up working for little or no money under conditions bordering on slavery, while many girls are forced into prostitution.
In this film, you’ll meet the Togolese parents of children who work locally so they can learn a trade and get an education, hoping they will eventually pull their families out of poverty.

8 Sur la route des “esclaves modernes” au Pakistan

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Ils sont plus de deux millions au Pakistan. Enfants, hommes et femmes qui travaillent gratuitement, endettés à vie, parfois sur plusieurs générations, prisonniers d’un système où les intérêts d’un emprunt dépassent ce qu’ils peuvent rembourser. Dans les champs et les usines de briques, ils travaillent comme esclaves, malgré l’interdiction de cette pratique. 
Durée: 02:54

9 Pakistan’s Child Maids: BBC “Our World” Documentary

10 jun. 2018

Tens of thousands of Pakistani children work as domestic servants in the homes of richer families. They cook, clean and are often violently abused, but those responsible are rarely held to account.

10 Inside the horrific secret chamber where Josef Fritzl kept his daughter | 60 Minutes Australia

17 jul. 2020

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You have to shake your head in disbelief. How can these things happen? And in this particular case, how could he possibly get away with it for so long? It’s just unthinkable. A father who kept his daughter locked away in a secret chamber for 24 years. The poor girl was just eighteen when the horror began, and over the years, she had seven children. One died. Three were kept prisoner down in the cellar and inconceivably the others were adopted by the father and lived openly upstairs as his grandchildren. No wonder the family story stunned the world – and I must add a warning- what follows contains strong adult themes.
For forty years, 60 Minutes have been telling Australians the world’s greatest stories. Tales that changed history, our nation and our lives. Reporters Liz Hayes, Tom Steinfort, Tara Brown, Liam Bartlett and Sarah Abo look past the headlines because there is always a bigger picture. Sundays are for 60 Minutes.

11 Exclusive interview with a Yazidi – A former ISIS slave speaks out

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16 jan. 2020

At a camp for internally displaced persons in Sharya, Iraq, THE WEEK met Leyla Telo—a Yazidi who was a slave of ISIS for two years and eight months.

Leyla’s harrowing experience sheds light into how ISIS treated their prisoners and the methods by which they sought to indoctrinate Yazidi children.

Reporting by Lakshmi Subramanian
Camera by Bhanu Prakash Chandra
Narration by Oshin Grace Daniell
Editing by Varun Ramesh

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12 Fighting child slavery with innovation | Nina Smith | TEDxDhaka

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9 feb. 2015

More than a million children are trapped in slavery in the dark side of the handmade products you use everyday. Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s GoodWeave Intl. found a way to fight back. Nina Smith is fighting that battle as the Exec. Director of GoodWeave for many years.
Nina Smith is the executive director of GoodWeave International, which works to end child labor in the carpet industry in South Asia and replicate its market-driven model in new industries. Since 1999 Nina has developed and lead GoodWeave’s operations, which include market development; product certification, inspection and monitoring of informal supply chains; removal and rehabilitation of child laborers, and a range of worker protection programs. Nina is a winner of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and the EXCEL Award for excellence in chief executive leadership. Recently the founder of GoodWeave International, Kailash Satyarthi won the Nobel Peace Prize.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

13 Kailash Satyarthi: The Nobel Peace Prize Winner The Mafia Wants Dead | Goalcast

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23 mrt. 2021

✪ Nobel Peace Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi has dedicated his life to ending child trafficking in India. Despite getting attacked and beaten on many occasions, Kailash remains relentless in his mission. He’s freed over 87,000 children from horrific slave-like conditions, but he couldn’t save the one person who mattered most… Why will Kailash forever carry the burden of that fateful day? And why does he continue to risk his life to end child labour?
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14 Sexy Girl Eating Like a Pig Prank

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9 mrt. 2012


Sexy girl seems head over heals for random men eating at the mall food court, she even pays them a beer before revealing her true dirty, disgusting and quite possible completely crazy self. That being said, I’m sure we can all agree her sheer hotness more than compensates for her crude table manners.

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