Over a century and a half has
passed since slavery was abolished in the United States;
a move which divided the nation.
At a time when slavery was accepted, even free African
Americans were at a distinct disadvantage. They, like
slaves, were segregated from white people, prevented
from attending higher education, and not allowed to
congregate in large numbers for fear of rebellion. They
were not permitted to bear arms, forbidden from reading
or writing and could not testify againt a white person
Though slavery is now illegal worldwide, it is far from
an issue in the past. According to figures published by
the Global Slavery Index Report, it is estimated that
there is a staggering 29.8 million people in slavery
today, 72.14% of which are said to be in Asia.