An estimated 35.8 million people live in a state of modern slavery today. Slavery is a global, criminal industry generating $150bn a year. It takes many forms, and is known by many names. Today’s slaves are trapped in fishing fleets and sweatshops, mines and brothels, and in the fields and plantations of countries across the world. It can be called human trafficking, forced labour, slavery, or it can refer to the slavery-like practices that include debt bondage, forced or servile marriage, and the sale or exploitation of children.
Building on fifteen years of anti-slavery work, the Legatum Foundation partnered with Humanity United and Walk Free in 2013 to launch the Freedom Fund.
The Freedom Fund is an active ingredient in a new abolitionist movement that is raising more than $100 million for the fight against modern slavery. The Fund generates private funding, demonstrates how effective interventions can protect those at risk of being enslaved, invests in countries with the greatest incidence of slavery, brings together a community of activists committed to the cause and, ultimately, aims to bring an end to modern slavery.
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