Oz opener Cowan stands up against 'slavery'

Sydney, Jan 6(ANI): Australia Test opener Ed Cowan, who is an ambassador for Not For Sale, which is an organisation that aims to stamp out slavery and human trafficking from the country, has said the problem of slavery is still present in our society and is not a talk of the past.

Cowan said if some one mentions slavery then people start thinking of the 1800s and early 1900s centuries along with canefields and an entire different world, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Cowan said that in the modern world more people are in repression now than there has ever been at any stage of the history of the world and the estimates are between 25 million and 30 million such people.

The opening batsman added that the dynamics change because it's not necessarily working the fields under a master, as it were, but the situation is still the same in that people are being held against their will in a lot of different industries and in a lot of developed countries whose people would be appalled to think this goes on.

Australia has had cases of people being forced to work as slaves. There is a map of the world on the Not For Sale website and it allows people to pinpoint regions to see if any reported cases of human trafficking or slavery have taken place in their area. (ANI)

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