Only 42,000 of Estimated 21 Million Modern Slaves Freed in 2011

More than 42,000 adults and children kept as slaves, forced into prostitution or otherwise trafficked were discovered by authorities around the world in 2011, according to a new report by the U.S. State Department.

However this figure was a tiny fraction of the estimated number of people held in bondage with the International Labor Organization estimating earlier this month that there are about 20.9 million victims of modern slavery, the State Department Trafficking in Persons Report noted.

Fair Trade is one part of the solution to provide economic alternatives to marginalized people, and reduce trafficked and enslaved adults and children around the world.

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