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Australians and Modern Slavery

Slavery did not end 200 years ago. There are 27 million slaves in the world today - poor and vulnerable people who are owned, bonded or trafficked - children, women, men, child soldiers, sex slaves, debt slaves.

Some slaves are moved around the world. Many are enslaved close to where they were born, trapped by systems that have allowed child trading, debt bondage and forced marriage to persist for generations. Other forms of slavery (such as domestic service or organ trafficking) have only been recognised quite recently. Each form has its own definition, cause, solution and organisation responsible for tackling it.

Slavery means that one person owns another. What does it mean to be owned? What is bondage and why is it slavery? Where does trafficking fit in the big picture of slavery? Who has the power to stop it happening?

Join Roscoe Howell of Slavery Links Australia, as he outlines the forms of modern slavery and discusses how we can bring about change.

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Portrait of Roscoe Howell

Roscoe Howell

Roscoe Howell is a (semi-retired) social planner who can illuminate the problem of slavery with his social action and community development experience.

Lunchbox / Soapbox

We love exploring ideas at the Wheeler Centre, and encouraging others to do the same. That’s why every Thursday lunchtime we hand the microphone over to the great thinkers, dreamers and orators of our time.

With a dazzling range of passionate speakers and unusual topics, our soapbox provides a platform for the eclectic, topical and enlightening stories you won’t hear elsewhere. This is the most memorable lunch break you’ll have all week.

If you’re in need of sustenance of body as well as mind, the MOAT lunch cart will be serving delicious $10 lunchboxes in the Performance Space from 12.20pm.