January 2014 is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in the United States of America. President Barack Obama in his statement to the media said:
'Over a century and a half after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, millions remain in bondage -- children forced to take part in armed conflict or sold to brothels by their destitute families, men and women who toil for little or no pay, who are threatened and beaten if they try to escape. Slavery tears at our social fabric, fuels violence and organized crime, and debases our common humanity. During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we renew our commitment to ending this scourge in all its forms.
Because modern-day slavery is a global tragedy, combating it requires international action. The United States is shining a spotlight on the dark corners where it persists, placing sanctions on some of the worst abusers, giving countries incentives to meet their responsibilities, and partnering with groups that help trafficking victims escape from their abusers' grip. We are working with other nations as they step up their own efforts, and we are seeing more countries pass anti-human trafficking laws and improve enforcement.' Source: Press release of the White House, 31 December 2013
This is an excellent example of a non-legal response to combatting slavery and human trafficking. Human trafficking and slavery are topics you can explore either as a human rights issue in Australia or as an international human rights issue.
We have updated our Research Guide Human Rights: HSC Legal Studies and included new pages on these topics:
Slavery and forced labour
- Slavery and forced labour - International
- Slavery and forced labour - Australia
- Forced marriage - Australia
- Child labour - International
- Child soldiers - International
We will continue to update these pages on our Research Guide over the next few months.