Since 2010, the 24 Hour race has organized relay-races in four countries to raise awareness and fight modern slavery
What is slavery?
Most of us are taught about slavery as a history lesson - that the ownership and exploitation of human beings is a thing of the past. Yet, slavery today is a greater problem than it has ever been in history. In fact - there are more people in slavery today than there ever were cumulatively during the Atlantic Slave Trade (45+ million vs. 12 million today). The numbers are simply mind-boggling.
"There are more slaves today than there have been at any point in human history"
The term "Human Trafficking" is actually just another word for "Modern Slavery". Today, a slave is someone who is forced to work and is held under threat of violence for no pay beyond subsistence. They are people who cannot walk away from their work.
- Over 45,000,000 slaves today in 161 countries.
- Not a single country is free from slavery. Hong Kong is considered a Tier 2 city, meaning it does not implement minimum standards to prevent slavery.
- Slaves are cheaper today than they have ever ben. In 1860 Texas, a slave would cost up to $19,000 in 2015 money. Today, you can purchase a human for as little as $90 in 2015 money.
- Over 65% of slaves exist in the Asia-Pacific region
- Slavery is incredibly profitable - the ILO estimates the industry generations some USD 150 billion in profits per year.
You can read the ILO's full 2017 report on Modern Slavery: