Global Slavery At A High, But There’s Hope

There’s an article about modern-day slavery around the world in The Christian Science Monitor this week. The author, staff writer Jane Lampman talks to Kevin Bales:

“It’s a huge problem and we have a long way to go, but we’re ahead of where I thought we would be,” says Kevin Bales, cofounder of Free the Slaves and author of major studies and books on the issue.

In “Ending Slavery,” a book that lays out his plan for achieving that goal, Dr. Bales presents research that indicates slavery could be eliminated over the next 25 years at a cost of only $11 billion.

“The cost of rescuing and rehabilitating [an individual] on average around the world only comes to about $500,” he says in a phone interview. “While in rich countries it costs between $30,000 and $40,000, in rural India the cost can be just over $100.”

Read the whole thing here.

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