In 1888, Brazil became the last country in the western hemisphere to ban slavery; in doing so, it ended a long era of systematic violence and exploitation. Yet unfortunately, slavery has not been completely eradicated. Today, over 40 million people continue to live without freedom and in situations of forced labour. Modern slavery comprises forced labour, debt bondage, forced prostitution, forced marriage and human trafficking. The affected workers are exploited through threats, violence, coercion or deception. The victims are generally unable to change their situation by themselves. Solidar Suisse stands up for the victims of forced labour through prevention and assistance measures as well as through advocacy and lobbying.