St Andrew’s School for Girls shine a light on modern day slavery

St Andrew’s School for Girls in Bedfordview, Johannesburg shone a light on modern-day slavery on the 14th of March 2018 by joining CNN’s #MyFreedomDay campaign.

According to international NGO Anti-Slavery, the practice did not end with abolition in the 19th century. Slavery continues today and harms people in every country in the world.

Modern-day slavery includes women being forced into prostitution, people being forced to work in agriculture, doing domestic work and children working in sweatshops producing goods sold globally. Entire families are forced to work for nothing in order to pay off generational debts.

There are an estimated 40.3 million people being held in slave-like conditions around the world

Over 200 girls staged a silent protest against the inhumane practice of slavery. The CNN Freedom Project works to expose the exploitation of people as sex slaves, unpaid laborers, forced marriages and child labor. “The project aims to give a voice to the voiceless and we wanted to add our voices to the call to abolish slavery,” says Nita Naidoo, a grade 11 pupil at St Andrew’s School for Girls.

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