69 Modern Slavery Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of modern slavery quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about economic slavery.

The Most Famous Modern Slavery Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Nothing happens just because we are aware of modern day slavery, but nothing will ever happen until we are. — Sayings

There are more than 27 million people enslaved in the world today - that's double the amount of people taken from Africa during the entire trans-Atlantic slave trade. — Lisa Kristine

Racism, xenophobia and unfair discrimination have spawned slavery, when human beings have bought and sold and owned and branded fellow human beings as if they were so many beasts of burden. — Desmond Tutu

We say that slavery has vanished from European civilization, but this is not true. Slavery still exists, but now it applies only to women and its name is prostitution. — Victor Hugo

I want a society free of human trafficking — Anuradha Koirala

The morality of work is the morality of slaves, and the modern world has no need of slavery. — Bertrand Russell

In antiquity slaves were, in all honesty called slaves. In the middle ages, they took the name of serfs. Nowadays they are called wage earners. — Mikhail Bakunin

Slavery is an obscenity. It is not just stealing someone's labor; it is the theft of an entire life. — Kevin Bales

The worst form of slavery is when the slave believes he is free. This is how women under Islam feel. — Wafa Sultan

Greed is permanent slavery — Ali ibn Abi Talib

Modern Day Slavery Quotes

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Not since the days of slavery have there been so many people who feel entitled to what other people have produced as there are in the modern welfare state, whether in Western Europe or on this side of the Atlantic. — Thomas Sowell

People-trafficking is modern day slavery. There are more slaves today than there were at the height of the slave trade. — Ross Kemp

It's modern-day slavery. — Adrian Peterson

Modern slavery quote I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.
I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.

I am confident that we will one day end the scourge of modern slavery, because I believe in those committed to this issue. — Barack Obama

The main challenge Not For Sale is big and it is modern day slavery, which is a $32billion dollar industry second to the illegal trade of drugs and arms. — David Batstone

When you have somebody that's smart and you're not so smart, to me that's modern day slavery because you're being dictated to. — Bernard Hopkins

Modern slavery quote Black-and-white always looks modern, whatever that word means.
Black-and-white always looks modern, whatever that word means.

I went to Thailand and built a village for 27 rescued children and this is where my passion to help prevent modern day slavery came from. — David Batstone

Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings, mainly for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor. In short, it's modern day slavery. — Jen Lilley

As I often say, we have come a long way from the days of slavery, but in 2014, discrimination and inequality still saturate our society in modern ways. Though racism may be less blatant now in many cases, its existence is undeniable. — Sayings

Economic Slavery Quotes

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Of the people, by the people, for the people. — Sun Yat-sen

I know that there are no limits to which the powers of privilege will not go to keep the workers in slavery — Mother Jones

History has a long-range perspective. It ultimately passes stern judgment on tyrants and vindicates those who fought, suffered, were imprisoned, and died for human freedom, against political oppression and economic slavery. — Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

Man's inhumanity to man is not the last word. The truth lies deeper. It is economic slavery, the savage struggle for a crumb, that has converted mankind into wolves and sheep. — Alexander Berkman

The present age handed over the workers, each alone and defenseless, to the unbridled greed of competitors... so that a very few and exceedingly rich men have laid a yoke of almost slavery on the unnumbered masses of non-owning workers. — Pope Leo XIII

Slavery is what slavery's always been: About one person controlling another person using violence and then exploiting them economically, paying them nothing. That's what slavery's about — Kevin Bales

The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God. — Thomas Jefferson

Racism is a way to gain economic advantage at the expense of others. Slavery and plantations may be gone, but racism still allows us to regard those who may keep us from financial gain as less than equals. — Alveda King

[...] it is generally accepted that the Civil War was fought over the issue of slavery. That, at best, is a half-truth. Slavery was an issue, but the primary force for war was a clash between the economic interests of the North and the South. Even the issue of slavery itself was based on economics. — G. Edward Griffin

As for me, I am deeply a democrat; this is why I am in no way a socialist. Democracy and socialism cannot go together. You can't have it both ways. Socialism is a new form of slavery. — Alexis de Tocqueville

Slavery Quotes

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I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery. — Thomas Jefferson

I would rather be a rebel than a slave. — Emmeline Pankhurst

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds! — Marcus Garvey

Capitalism is a development by refinement from feudalism, just as feudalism is development by refinement from slavery . Capitalism is but the gentlemen's method of slavery. — Kwame Nkrumah

My mission is to lead the country out of a bad situation of corruption, depression and slavery. After I rid the country of these vices, I will then organize and supervise a general election of a genuinely democratic civilian government. — Idi Amin

The man who is not able to develop and use his mind is bound to be the slave of the other man who uses his mind — Marcus Garvey

America's greatest crime against the black man was not slavery or lynching, but that he was taught to wear a mask of self-hate and self-doubt. — Malcolm X

The greatest evil of American slavery was not involuntary servitude but rather the narrative of racial differences we created to legitimate slavery. Because we never dealt with that evil, I don't think slavery ended in 1865, it just evolved. — Bryan Stevenson

What a bunch of garbage, liberal, Democratic, conservative, Republican, it's all there to control you, two sides of the same coin! Two management teams, bidding for control of the CEO job of Slavery Incorporated! — Alex Jones

You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know. — William Wilberforce

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More Modern Slavery Quotes

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The private control of credit is the modern form of slavery. — Upton Sinclair

Wars in old times were made to get slaves. The modern implement of imposing slavery is debt. — Ezra Pound

The modern banking system manufactures money out of nothing. The process is perhaps the most astounding piece of sleight-of-hand that was ever invented. — Josiah Stamp

What if every church in America had a ministry to stand against modern slavery? — Dillon Burroughs

Modern capitalist nations are the fruit of a history of slavery, genocide, violence and exploitation every bit as abhorrent as Mao's China or Stalin's Soviet Union. — Terry Eagleton

Under chattel slavery and feudalism, exploitation was concrete and personalized in the producer's relationship with his master. The slave and peasant knew exactly who was screwing them. The modern worker, on the other hand, feels a pounding sensation, but has only a vague idea where it is coming from. — Kevin Carson

Modern technique has made it possible for leisure, within limits, to be not the prerogative of small privileged classes, but a right evenly distributed throughout the community. The morality of work is the morality of slaves, and the modern world has no need of slavery. — Bertrand Russell

For the Afro-American in the 1920's being a 'New Negro' was being 'Modern'. And being an 'New Negro' meant, largely, not being an 'Old Negro', disassociating oneself from the symbols and legacy of slavery - being urbane, assertive militant. — Nathan Huggins

Slavery in the modern world implies the absolute deprivation of the individual's liberty, while possession of weapons and mastery of their use are means to the individual's liberation. We do not perceive how a man may be armed and at the same time bereft of his freedom. — John Keegan

The tools to crush modern slavery exist, but the political will is lacking. — Sheryl WuDunn

Modern slavery - be it bonded labor, involuntary servitude, or sexual slavery - is a crime and cannot be tolerated in any culture, community, or country ... [It] is an affront to our values and our commitment to human rights. — Hillary Clinton

One out of every eight prisoners in the world is an African American. We are warehousing people as a profit to shareholders or for benefits to communities that get to host federal prisons. It is modern slavery. — Randall Robinson

Your ancestors dragged these black people from their homes by force; and in the white man's quest for wealth and an easy life they have been ruthlessly suppressed and exploited, degraded into slavery. The modern prejudice against Negroes is the result of the desire to maintain this unworthy condition. — Albert Einstein

From the standpoint of modern political science the slave holders were right in declaring that liberty can be given only to those who have political capacity enough to use it, and they were also right in maintaining that two greatly unequal races cannot exist side by side on terms of perfect equality. — Charles Edward Merriam

Whatever Lincoln's racial views, which are not totally modern and egalitarian in many ways, he believes blacks should have this natural right to improve their condition in life and slavery denies that to them. — Eric Foner

There might be some sinister modern form of slavery going on. — Jordan Peele

There are three ways in which a man becomes a slave. He may be born into slavery, or forced into it, or he can deliberately accept his servitude. All three forms flourish in the modern world. Men are born and forced into slavery in Russia and her satellites states. Men in the free world invite slavery when they ask the government to provide complete security, when they surrender their freedom to the "Welfare State." — Fulton J. Sheen

Above all I ask leaders and legislators and the entire international community above all to confront the reality of those who have been displaced by force, with effective projects and new approaches in order to protect their dignity, to improve the quality of their life and to face the challenges that are emerging from modern forms of persecution, oppression and slavery. — Pope Francis

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