Modern Slavery and Occupational Health

Authored by: Thomas P. Fuller

Global Occupational Safety and Health Management Handbook

Print publication date:  March  2019
Online publication date:  February  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138626720
eBook ISBN: 9780429056475
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9780429056475-16

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Abstract

Despite extensive evidence to the contrary, many people in the world today believe that slavery and forced labor are occurrences fixed in past civilizations and societies. They seem to adhere to several myths about the extent of modern slavery, and the forms that it takes. One myth is that slavery no longer exists in the U.S. or modern European or Western civilizations. Another myth is that if it does exist in a developed nation, it is only in the sex industry. Yet another myth is that slavery only exists as one form and does not include the trafficking of people into slavery. Unfortunately, none of these common assumptions made by many people in our modern and civilized societies are true.

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