Groningen Journal of International Law

International Law Under Construction


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Are States accountable for modern slavery?

Dr Philippa Webb philippa.webb@kcl.ac.uk
Dr Rosana Garciandía | rosana.garciandia@kcl.ac.uk

Tackling modern slavery: gaps to uncover

Contemporary forms of slavery continue to be a major challenge in the 21st century. International law prohibits slavery, human trafficking and forced labour, and states are generally committed to eliminating these human rights abuses, but over 25 million people were in modern slavery on any given day in 2016 (Global Estimates of Modern Slavery). As the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery pointed out in her latest report to the General Assembly, the scale of the phenomenon is even larger than what statistics indicate (para. 8). Continue reading