Slavery in the 21st Century

Estimated 27 Million Live in Slavery Around the World

These boys, now living in a Mexico shelter, had been prostituted to pedophiles. Jodi Cobb/National Geographic Society hide caption

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Women haul handmade bricks at a southeast India kiln, while men stoke the fires. Jodi Cobb/National Geographic Society hide caption

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It's a word many read about only in history books. But slavery and human trafficking exist today in great numbers. By one estimate, more than 27 million people live in slavery around the world. Most are trying to pay off debts that can span generations.

On Talk of the Nation, NPR's Neal Conan hosts a discussion on modern-day international slavery. Writer Andrew Cockburn and photojournalist Jodi Cobb, who collaborated on National Geographic's "21st-Century Slaves," join the show.

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