The 2016 Global Slavery Index estimates there are 45.8 million people around the globe currently in some form of modern slavery. While Australia has one of the lowest rates in the world, the index still puts the number of people enslaved in some form in this country at 4,300. Today, the shackles and marketplace of the traditional slave trade have disappeared. However, these have been replaced by forced labour, control of movement, wage exploitation and forced marriage. Over recent decades, there’s been a global push to end modern day slavery.

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