Reports prepared by the United Nations bodies demonstrate the persistence of old forms of slavery that subsist under the protection of traditional beliefs and customs. These forms of slavery are the result of entrenched discrimination against the most vulnerable groups in society, such as people considered to be of lower caste, tribal minorities and indigenous peoples.
The Day for the Abolition of Slavery was established to raise public awareness of the scourge of modern slavery. The date of December 2 was chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others, approved on December 2, 1949.
The Sustainable Development Goals, and in particular target 8, which promotes sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all, cannot be achieved unless efforts are drastically intensified. to eliminate slavery
Specifically, target 8.7 is threatened, which calls for immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labor, end contemporary forms of slavery and human trafficking, and ensure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labor, including child labor. recruitment and use of child soldiers. But not only, because it can also affect Goal number 1 that seeks to end poverty in all its forms throughout the world.