About Modern Slavery


Slavery is the condition of being compelled, by violence or the threat of violence, to work without pay. It is a flagrant violation of the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and it is not extinct.

More people are enslaved today than at any time in history, an estimated 30 million worldwide. They are women, men, and children, and they are in every country even though slavery is illegal everywhere. Their stolen labor creates objects we use every day: cell phones, clothes, cars, food.

Slavery exists in communities throughout the United States, including the domestic, agricultural, sex and service industries. A building near you probably conceals people who are unpaid and held there by force or the threat of force.

Yet ending slavery forever is within our grasp. Unitarian Universalists have a long history of fighting slavery. Join the abolitionist movement, and together, we can permanently end this violation of human rights in one generation.
Together we can end slavery. Become a UU Abolitionist.