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Published on Aug 22, 2019

There are over 45 million slaves worldwide today - more than ever before in human history. Modern slavery has many faces: workers, sex slaves, household servants and child soldiers. But some people are fighting this trade in human misery.

The documentary investigates the modern slave trade and tracks down the unscrupulous profiteers for whom people are a mere commodity. For 30 years, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has been waging a guerrilla war along the borders of Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan. The UN estimates it has abducted and enslaved some 100,000 children in that time.

Caesar Acellam was number three in the LRA hierarchy. He talks to filmmaker Marc Wiese and takes the viewer into the dark world of the LRA. But there are also people ready to oppose modern slavery. Australian billionaire Andrew Forrest has pledged 300 million Dollars to curb slavery in India. And when writer Lydia Cacho meets a little girl in Mexico City who has fled from a child sex slave ring, she takes her in and eventually frees 200 children.

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