Abolishing Slavery and its Contemporary Forms
Author: David Weissbrodt & Michael Dottridge
This document provides a comprehensive review of existing treaty and customary law covering all the traditional and contemporary slavery-related practices and relevant monitoring mechanisms. It summarizes the core international law against slavery, its origins and the progress of the international campaign to abolish the slave trade, the legal instruments and institutions that have been established to combat slavery, the evolving definition of slavery, contemporary forms of slavery, and other related practices. The review also focuses briefly on serfdom, forced labor, debt bondage, migrant workers, trafficking in persons, prostitution, forced marriage, the sale of wives and other issues, before discussing international monitoring mechanisms.