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  • Al Jazeera
  • 2011-10-10T00:00:00Z
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In this eight-part series, Rageh Omaar uncovers the truth about the flourishing 21st century slave trade. Today, 27 million men, women and children are held, sold and trafficked as slaves throughout the world. From the sex slaves of Eastern Europe to China's prison labour slaves; from Brazil's hellish charcoal slave camps to entire families enslaved in Pakistan's brick kilns, this series exposes the people behind modern slavery and the companies who profit from it. Weaving the testimony of current and former slaves with investigations into some of the biggest global slave masters, we ask why this age-old evil continues to flourish.

8 episodes

1x01 Food Chain Slaves

  • Series Premiere

    2011-10-10T22:30:00Z — 30 mins

It is a nation built on the abolition of slavery, but there are at least 40,000 slaves in the US today. Many of them are trapped in food chain slavery, which is considered one of the easiest forms of slavery to stamp out. Why then is the country that leads the global fight against slavery, unable to address it inside its own borders?

1x02 Sex Slaves

  • 2011-10-17T22:30:00Z — 30 mins

There are an estimated 1.4 million sex slaves in the world today - many of them are trafficked from poor countries to wealthy European cities.

1x03 Bonded Slaves

  • 2011-10-24T22:30:00Z — 30 mins

It is a form of slavery that is passed down from one generation to the next, enslaving millions in countries such as Pakistan and India. In this episode, Rageh Omaar meets men, women and children labouring in quarries and brick kilns in dangerous conditions and for effectively no pay.

1x04 Child Slaves

  • 2011-10-31T22:30:00Z — 30 mins

There are at least 8.4 million child slaves in the world today. In Haiti, a practice called 'restavek' sees the children of poor families forced to work as domestic help for wealthier families.

1x05 Charcoal Slaves

  • 2011-11-07T22:30:00Z — 30 mins

Brazil was once the world's largest importer of slaves from Africa, but it has taken the lead in fighting 21st century slavery with a raft of innovative laws. Slave labour, however, continues to thrive in the South American country, particularly in the age-old practice of charcoal burning.

1x06 Bridal Slaves

  • 2011-11-14T22:30:00Z — 30 mins

India has the world's highest number of slaves, among them are an increasing number of women and girls sold into marriage for as little as $120 to men who often burden them with strenuous labour and abuse them.

1x07 Prison Slaves

  • 2011-11-21T22:30:00Z — 30 mins

Over the past 20 years China has become the world's biggest exporter of consumer goods. But behind this apparent success story is a dark secret - millions of men and women locked up in prisons and forced into intensive manual labour.

1x08 The Al Jazeera Slavery Debate

  • 2011-11-24T22:30:00Z — 30 mins

Rageh Omaar chairs a public debate in which he and a panel of those most closely involved in the issue of 21st century slavery discuss the scandal of a trade that refuses to die.