5.1 THE PROBLEM OF CHILD SLAVERY
Slavery is not dead. Societies are loath to admit it, but child slavery is alive and is the most extreme stage in the exploitation of child labour, one of the most reprehensible practices of our time and a blatant violation of national and international human rights.
This chapter gives an overview of the nature and extent of the problem of child slavery and the consequences for the victims. It describes the constraints that impede action against it and outlines relevant legal instruments. It highlights initiatives that are yielding encouraging results in preventing this scourge, as well as in rescuing and rehabilitating bonded children. It suggests ways to expand and accelerate these initiatives by linking them more directly with national programmes and international mechanisms specifically designed to combat child slavery. The chapter concludes by presenting strategies for comprehensive action against child bondage, child trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. A bibliography on child slavery is included.
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