Jul 30, 2020

Modern slavery, how do we end it? Why does slavery persist in 130 countries world wide? Where will the moral leadership come from to end this multi billion dollar annual global trade?

Why do nations, rich and poor, tolerate widespread slavery, human trafficking and even the buying and selling of young children in the 21st century? This episode explores the darkness of slavery—which consumes even very young children—with India’s Sunitha Krishnan.

Sunitha Krishnan, Co-Founder and Chief Functionary of Prajwala, an anti-trafficking organization in Hyderabad, India. She is one of India’s most passionate human rights activists who has committed her life to end sex slavery globally. Working as a full-time volunteer for the mission, Ms Krishnan is the brain behind Prajwala’s evolution. For the last two decades, her contributions to the anti-human trafficking sector has gained national and international attention. As the founding Chief Functionary and General Secretary of Prajwala she is responsible for strategic planning of all interventions. Sunitha Krishnan is the head of all Prajwala Operations and continues to expand its interventions. Ms Krishnan is an advisor to several State Governments to develop holistic victim services and also plays an important role in the Inter-Ministerial Committee at the national level to draft comprehensive legislation on human trafficking. She was honored with the fourth highest civilian honor “Padmashree” in the year 2016. Ms Krishnan was the winner of the 2016 Tällberg Eliasson Global Leadership Prize

Why do nations, rich and poor, tolerate widespread slavery, human trafficking and even the buying and selling of young children in the 21st century?  These abominations exist everywhere and at a scale that makes them one of the largest global criminal enterprises.  How is that possible?

In this episode of New Thinking for a New World, Alan Stoga explores the darkness of slavery—which consumes even very young children—with India’s SUNITHA KRISHNAN.  Sunitha, a past winner of the Tällberg Foundation’s Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, leads a dangerous, discouraging fight to rescue the enslaved and stop the crimes.

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  1. Haven of Light

    That was such an insightful pod cast about the realities of slavery today. In Europe we have a leading expert called Kevin Hyland who is taking a refreshing approach to the issue of forced labour in supply chains. I am sure that you will be interested in this article. It is so important that we all work together on this global agenda. … “There will be no change until a CEO is in the dock”

  2. Emelda Cudill

    This is heartbreaking. But still, at the end of the podcast, I love what Alan had said about his hope that someday, this problem will end – that Sunita will close shop because she was able to help stamp out human slavery. I salute you, Sunita. I remember what my Professor had commented when I presented to the Panel my paper on “Kanlungan sa Er-Ma Ministry” – this is an organization that is dedicated, among other things, to sheltering young women from predators like what Sunita was battling right now and also sheltering children. My professor said that the goal of that Ministry should be to end its existence, period. Meaning, there would be no reason to exist anymore because there are no more street children, no more victims of incense, of molestation, no more trafficked young women and children. Thank you.

  3. Adeyinka O. Fasakin

    Slavery is self enrichment at the expense of others who are deliberately subjected to great deprivations. It was the driving force behind colonialism. Slavery may not involve human trafficking. People can be enslaved in their own country. Slavery is in place where human beings are denied freedom of choice, prevented from exploiting their natural resources and endowments, and deprived participation in contributing to governance by characters with undeserved sense of entitlement acting with impunity. If we want to address slavery, we must appreciate the above features. Nigeria is an example of a country where slavery is being practised.

  4. AMROU Abderrahmane

    Tallberg Fondation

    “You May Choose to Look Away, But Never Again Say You Do Not Know”
    STOP SLAVERY NOW! – Sunitha Krishnan.


    Hello !

    I believe that to speak of a civilized world of the 21st century is a misconception and an aberration. For everything that happens in this so-called human world of the 21st century, such as human slavery and the trade in children, is only the apparent part of the Iceberg; since all types of human slavery, from the slavery of minors in the world of work to hard human slavery, including religious slavery through demonic sects & gurus and sexual slavery minors and fragile women by fanatical sects, dealers and pimps, etc.

    Thus, if slavery exists until today, it is because there are too much complacency and complicity, at all levels, and a great fear that had invaded all these weakened and deprived social classes and categories which can do nothing against powerful and organized criminal gangs.

    Also, the great corruption has been such that almost all state institutions at all levels have become incapable in front of these social scourges and inhuman barbarism.

    In addition, we must not forget that social environments operate through the systems of fashion and majority trends. For example, if hard drugs and excess of alcohol have become a fad that attracts many people without any fear, it is because the entire social system of the State, which serves as a guardrail, has become obsolete.

    Consequently, one can understand why the degradation of human values and the spread of social evils have taken on such a large scale. All this, combined with other social ills, juvenile delinquency, serious international crime and the great corruption of state institutions and in the face of the powerlessness and the letting go of the public repressive services, results in this abominable catastrophe of multifaceted human slavery.

    On another chapter, the proliferation of demonic sects on the level of internet social networks, in full view of everyone, and the complacency and complicity of certain rogue leaders, toward these thugs and criminals against humanity, for miserable economic and financial interests, remain the greatest dangers which can favor the proliferation of these barbaric plagues of multiform human slavery.

    It is obvious that the general disorder and chronic anarchy, which have destabilized all countries in recent years and caused a situation of lawlessness and the rule of outlaws, have played a large part in the proliferation of grand corruption and serious criminality of all kinds (drugs, human slavery, assassinations, human organ trafficking, exploitation of minors, sexual slavery, etc…)

    On the other hand, this wave of civil wars between ethnic groups and this extermination of human beings (ethnic & religious minorities), by certain criminal States, have devalued the notion of humanism and depreciated any respect for the human person on a global scale. This gave the thugs and criminals to invest in the field of the trade in human organs and the multifaceted slavery of human beings.

    All this is happening in the face of the inability and the letting go of international institutions and the UN, which underestimate the real dangers of these barbaric and inhuman acts. Therefore, it is up to the institutions and public organisms in the entire World to eradicate all these inhuman evils from their source, in particular through the repression of the activities of these evil sects which activate on the social networks of the Internet.

    Abderrahmane AMROU


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