Throughout history an estimated 200 million people were enslaved. For more than 1000 years, Arab traders transported small groups of African slaves; the first record dates to the 7th century.
The majority of African slaves were acquired through wars by African rulers. One famous trader, Madam Tinubu, grew from rags to riches from it. Another African trader who called himself Grandy King George once specified a payment of only “one lucking-glass, six foot long by six foot wide,” an armchair, a stool and a cane.
Not well known – and hardly spoken about – is that millions of Europeans were also traded as slaves. In the 17th and 18th centuries large numbers of poor whites were kidnapped on the streets of Europe and sold in the West Indies and elsewhere.
Slavery in early times is well documented in ancient scripts, such as the Bible. In modern times most countries in the world, including African countries, traded with slaves. Excluded were Russia and the Balkan countries but things have changed. The sad truth is that, unlike what you might have expected, the slave trade is very active today all over the world.
It is estimated that more than 20 million people are enslaved through debt bondage and human trafficking. Enslaving women and children into forced sex labor is the fastest growing criminal activity and is predicted to outgrow drug trafficking.