Sometimes we get bounded. Our freedom is lost. We become a slave.

In olden days, rich people used to keep poor people as slaves, subjecting them to harsh, cruel, inhuman treatment. It was slavery in its worst form.

Sadly, slavery exists today also.

According to a U.N. estimate - about 300,000 children are currently being exploited as child soldiers in as many as 30 areas of conflict around the world. Many of the kidnapped girls who are made into child soldiers are also forced into sexual slavery. The International Organization for Migration estimates that annually 700,000 women, girls, men and boys are being trafficked across borders away from their homes and families and into slavery. The International Labour Organization reports that there are 191 million economically active children between 5 and 14 years of age. Nearly 40 per cent of these – 74 million children – engage in ‘hazardous work’. An estimated 5.7 million children are victims of forced and bonded labour, also known as debt bondage, and 1.2 million children are victims of child trafficking. The United Nations is committed to fighting against slavery and considers bonded labour, forced labour, the worst forms of child labour and trafficking people as modern forms of slavery. The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is annually observed on December 2 to remind people that modern slavery works against human rights. The day also encourages people to put meaning to the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that “no one shall be held in slavery or servitude” through their actions. This holiday is not to be confused with the UN’s International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. Children and women trafficking are types of slavery which are global problems and go against article four of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

We need to fight against the above.

There is another type of slavery. Slavery of the mind. When the mind becomes a slave to something. It could be an addiction, or an obsession. It could be cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, women, or something else. It could be a mind obsessed with its beloved. This mind has lost its freedom. It has become a slave.

Let's put an end to the slavery of the body, and mind.

Be free !

Happy International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (Dec 2) !

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