Unfortunately, even now, modern day slavery remains a problem around the world. This refers to situations in which a person is being exploited and cannot change the situation because of threats of violence or by coercion, deception and through the abuse of power. Modern slavery statistics, collected in 2016, are stark:
• It is estimated that over 40 million people were the victims of modern slavery including men, women and children that were forced to work against their will.
• Over 24 million were in forced labor where they were forced to work under threat or through other means of coercion.
• Over 15 million were living in a forced marriage to which they had not consented; that is, they were enduring a situation where they lost their sexual autonomy and were also required to provide labor under the guise of a false marriage.