IELTS Essay Sample: “Slavery”

Slavery still exists today and is too wildly-practiced to be realized by people.

Do you agree or disagree?


Abolition of slavery seems to be no more than an empty slogan as it has been introduced in a plethora of new forms. Based on the following arguments, I concur with the idea that victims of modern-day slavery outnumber those who were exploited physically and/or psychologically in the past.

First and foremost, in addition to forced labor, present day slavery includes not only human trafficking but also forced early marriages; therefore, it covers a wider range of victims compared to the past when slaves were only forced to work in farms from dawn to dusk. According to the Global Slavery Index 2018, over 40 million people are victims of modern slavery, of whom 15 million are in forced child marriage and the rest are either trafficked around the world or forced into prostitution.

Furthermore, the horrific practice of slavery is invisible and hidden these days, meaning although it is the everyday reality for a large number of people, it is not as noticeable as in the past when slaves were soundly whipped in the middle of fields to work as hard as possible. Ranging from electronics to textiles, from handicrafts to coffee and cacao, each commodity is likely to include a kind of contemporary slavery. In other words, millions of those who live in abject poverty in underdeveloped countries have no choice but to work like mules in secret underground sweatshops, where working conditions are thoroughly miserable. Translation: far more people are bound to be dehumanized because of the newly-emerged types of slavery in the 21st century.

In conclusion, although neo-slavery is less about people literally owning others, as long as innocent juveniles’ lives are controlled by their exploiters and they have to work not to starve to death, eradication of slavery would be all an illusion.


Hamid Mollazadeh

Word count: 290

Time: 50


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