Student working on a research project.

Contemporary Forms Of Slavery

During the 20th century, and especially after World War II, the classic form of chattel slavery almost totally disappeared. Numerous different, insidious types of slavery developed, however, resulting in one of the most serious threats to human rights around the globe. As stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude: slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms (emphasis provided).” The United Nations has identified several widespread practices as “contemporary forms of slavery.” These include sexual mutilation of female children, the use of children in armed conflicts, debt bondage, the traffic in persons and in the sale of human organs, the exploitation of prostitution, and certain practices under apartheid and colonial régimes. Numerous NGOs exist to combat slavery. In 2009, I published a lengthy article on Anti-Slavery, the world’s oldest non-governmental organization working in this broad area. In order to update and broaden this article, I need a student research assistant. He or she should be acquainted with human rights generally, at a minimum. Experience working with an NGO or NGOs is advantageous. The anticipated result will be a substantially revised version of the 2009 essay, suitable for publication in a planned book.

Research Project Information

Disciplines: Political Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, History
Student Skill-Set Needed: Knowledge of human rights through course work and/or practical experience; ability to work independently; writing skill at level of potentially drafting prose for revised article
Compensation: Academic Credit, Volunteer
Available: Spring, Summer


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Claude Welch
Title: Professor
Department: Political Science
Office: 520 Park Hall
Phone: 645-8434