Article 4: Freedom from Slavery

  • No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

The Right to Freedom of Slavery ensures that no one is subject to forced labor. This means no one can be threatened or forced to perform any type of work. Working should be of a person’s own free will. Human beings can not be sold, owned, or trafficked by other humans. 

There are plenty of examples of violations of this right throughout history. In most cultures keeping slaves has been practiced in many different ways in the past. However, to this day human trafficking is still practiced in most of the world. Human Trafficking is the term for the trade of selling, abduction, transportation, etc. of people. It can be sexual exploitation, organ harvesting, forced labor, and many other criminal offenses. The people behind the trafficking called the traffickers, make a huge amount of money off their victims. The victims of human trafficking often come from poor, non-educated neighborhoods where it is easier for the traffickers to trick or force people into prostitution, giving organs, child labor, etc. Human trafficking is a huge problem all over the world. Even Europe is estimated to have 140.000 human trafficked victims at any given time.   

There are however a few exceptions from this article. As an example, convicted criminals in many countries can be sentenced to mandatory community work. Another exception is the mandatory military service. Many countries demand military service from their citizens. In Israel, men have to serve 32 months of mandatory military service and women have to serve 24 months of military service.

Written by Nanna Orloff Mortensen

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