In Niger, slavery was only criminalised in 2003 - and the local human rights organisation Timidria estimates 870,000 people are still held in bondage there.
The masters control the slaves totally, exploiting their labour, abusing them sexually and physically, and often forcing them to mate with other slaves so that their children are born into slavery.
We meet Azagar, a former slave who managed to escape his master. “I was considered an animal,” he says.
Slavery Today examines the traditional form of slavery and the relationship between slave and master.
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