Slavery re-emerging in modern forms: UN chief
New York: Remembering the suffering of the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, UN chief Ban Ki-moon, warned that slavery and slavery-like practices continue in many parts of the world.
"Slavery is mutating and re-emerging in modern forms, including debt bondage, the sale of children, and the trafficking of women and girls for sex. Its roots lie in ignorance, intolerance and greed," Ban said on the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
"We must create a climate in which such abuse and cruelty are inconceivable. One way is by remembering the past and honouring the victims of the transatlantic slave trade," he added.
The head of the UN noted that the legacy of the slave trade can be seen in all the countries where it was practiced and pointed out what can happen, if intolerance, racism and greed prevailed.
"Those who controlled the transatlantic slave trade made huge profits from death, misery and exploitation. They presided over the forcible removal of millions of people from their homelands in Africa," he said.
Ban urged the legacy should be used to expunge all existing forms of slavery. "Today, we salute all the victims of slavery and we commit ourselves to ensuring that this practice, in all its forms, is eradicated," he said.
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