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Message from Katie Ford

I would like to thank Mayor Bloomberg's office for focusing on modern-day slavery.

Today there are over 20 million slaves worldwide. In spite of antislavery laws, there is slavery in every country in the world.

Today, slavery does not need chains to hold people. With modern communication, slavery can be exacted by threats of harm to one's family, whether they live half a block away or half way around the world.

In the United States, slavery is most commonly found on farms, in domestic work in households, in massage parlors, in brothels, or in restaurants. However, slavery has also been found in hair-braiding salons, janitorial services, nail salons, gardening services, and even in choirs.

Learn how to identify the signs so that you can report cases and save lives.

Katie Ford

CEO, Katie Ford Foundation