Summary of How to Combat Modern Slavery

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How to Combat Modern Slavery summary
Slavery persists, but “intellectual power” and a mere $10.8 billion can eradicate this abhorrent phenomenon forever.


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In 2010, some 27 million people around the world were ensnared in involuntary labor. Yet eradicating slavery would be a relatively inexpensive undertaking, given the will and the resources. Antislavery activist Kevin Bales earned a standing ovation for his candid, lucid and intelligent lecture. getAbstract recommends his insights to commodity buyers, executives of companies in global supply chains and consumers interested in buying ethical goods.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What factors engender slavery,
  • Why “buying people out of slavery” is not the answer and
  • How to eradicate slavery in a sustainable way.


Slavery endures and is widespread; in fact, of all the world’s territories, only Greenland and Iceland report no modern cases. Slave-based businesses seek profit, not power. The practice of slavery tends to accompany “extreme environmental destruction,” such as the decimation of coastal ecosystems in...
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About the Speaker

Kevin Bales is a professor of sociology. He co-founded Free the Slaves, a nonprofit organization.

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    Abdul Niyaz 1 year ago
    acadmeic education is one the factor for such problems
    when we are taught by our professor that profit maximization is the only motive of the business and so does the customer satisfaction which is valid upto certain limits but csr activities and employee satisfaction part is merely a formality in business institutions.

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