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The State of Modern Slavery

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: slavery, Benjamin Skinner, slave trade, Good magazine, Foreign Policy,

The slave trade didn’t end with the civil war. In fact, there are more than 27 million people enslaved around the world right now, according to an info-graphic from Good magazine. The information in the graphic is based on a new book by Benjamin Skinner, who wrote an article on the modern slave trade for the latest issue of Utne Reader. Skinner writes, “today there are more slaves than at any time in human history.” The article shows that buying a human being is disturbingly easy. In fact, on the Foreign Policy website, you can hear an audio recording of Skinner bargaining over the price of a slave.