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The following article was written by CGD visiting fellow Ethan Kapstein

When most people think about slavery--if they think about it at all--they probably assume that it was eliminated during the nineteenth century. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. Slavery and the global slave trade continue to thrive to this day; in fact, it is likely that more people are being trafficked across borders against their will now than at any point in the past.

Reprinted by permission of FOREIGN AFFAIRS, (November/December 2006). Copyright 2006 by the Council on Foreign Relations, Inc.

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