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World in Progress: How to fight modern slavery

More than 40 million women, men and children across the world are believed to be victims to modern forms of slavery. They suffer because of debt bondage, people trafficking or other forms of exploitation. Jakub Sobik from the UK-based NGO Anti-Slavery International explains why modern slavery persists in every country, what's different compared to older forms of slavery and how to help people.

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While laws across the world are officially prohibiting slavery, modern slavery persists in different forms in every country. While debt bondage plays a major role particularly in Asia and Africa, people trafficking and other forms of exploitation are prevalent in Europe and North America or the Gulf States. But progress is being made, and one of the organizations supporting victims of modern slavery is the London-based organization Anti-Slavery International. It's the oldest human rights organization in the world and has been fighting slavery for more than 180 years. The NGO's Jakub Sobik explains what's needed to end modern slavery and how the courage of individuals can help many others who suffer.