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The Need for a Plan

In 2007, Kevin Bales’ book Ending Slavery offered ideas and insights that might finally lead to slavery’s end.

The book argued that we were at a tipping-point. The globalization of our economies and cultures, the growing acceptance of human rights, and the relatively small part slavery plays in our lives, all mean slavery is ripe for extinction. Slave-made products and services are worth just a drop in the ocean of the world economy. No industry or big corporation, no political party, no state or country or culture is dependent on slavery. No government or business would collapse if slavery ended today.

Ten years later, this course is brainstorming a new guide for ending slavery that covers every level, from the individual to governments to the United Nations. Together we are debating and shaping solutions for the next decade of this antislavery movement.

In this first chapter of his book Ending Slavery, which you can read in the downloads section of this page, below, Kevin explains the challenge, and the need for a plan. After reading the chapter, let us know in the comments any other challenges you perceive to ending slavery. What - if anything - is going to stop the international community from achieving a slavery-free world by 2030, which is target 8.7 in the Sustainable Development Goals?

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Ending Slavery: Strategies for Contemporary Global Abolition

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