The history of slavery instigates from ancient times and encompasses many nations, religions and cultures. Slavery was not present at the hunter-gatherer tribes, but it was very much present at societies which allowed social class hierarchy. There were several types of slavery, depending on what activities the slaves completed. There were household slaves, slaves who worked on a land, and even slaves who had to perform court duties. Slavery emerged very early on in Africa when the Dutch imported Asian people into their African colonies. Between the period of 1300 and 1900 the population in Senegambia endured vast enslavement of nearly one third of the population. Western Sudan, Ghana, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Niger, Segou, Kongo, Songhai were struck by the massive enslavement and deprivation of human rights.

According to the findings, 2.000.000 Ethiopian slaves were registered in the beginning of the 1930s by the Anti-Slavery Society. It was not before the Italian occupying forces that slavery was finally ousted. Ethiopia gained independence in 1942. There was a similar event with Nigeria, who only abolished slavery after the British-based rule on imposition of the Sokoto Caliphate and was able to gain independence in 1936. Africans widely endured slavery from 9th to the 19th century just for some Muslim welfare. During that period 20.000 million people were exploited and deprived from every human right. The Transatlantic slave trade functioned in a trilateral way by sending African people and selling them there among three different harbors. Slaves were namely, exchanged or traded for goods and services, some even died due to painstaking travelling and unsanitary living conditions. They were transported by ships and when someone died, they would just throw the corpse off the sailing ship. Sadly enough, slavery lingers around even in modern times in African countries. Recent findings show that trading of children in Bonin and Nigeria is a common occurrence in Africa. On the other hand, in Ghana women cannot acquire the status of a wife because they serve as sex slaves to clergymen. They consider these women to be their reward they have won fairly after providing their services in the shrines. Moreover, children are forced to work on the cacao plantations in the west part of the country. By the given statistics, it is also noted that in Mauritania 600.000 are forced into slavery simply because they had a debt they could not pay off. So, such kind of debt slavery was present and finally announced illegal in the year 2007.

Other countries were also not immune to such atrocities. As part of the Amazon Rubber Book, natives in Peru, Ecuador, Brazil and Colombia were enslaved. This happened towards the end of 19th century and remained up until the 20th century. Britain and France were in charge of the Caribbean islands, namely they enslaved people from Guadeloupe, Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica and St Kitts. These people would work in the sugar industry which provided steady incomes for the French and the British people. King Lois IV had an attempt on legalizing slavery with the Black Code or Code Noir in French. People had no right on religion or freedom, had no right to express their opinions and there were race differences and divisions during which especially the African-Americans or the people of color were seen as outcasts and inferiors. However, due to the rise of different powers in the British Empire slavery managed to be exterminated. Britain started pressuring other countries and eventually succeeded into persuading France to do the same. Thank to these striking decisions, The Republic of Haiti could gain independence and the Caribbean Islands had a much greater freedom after France lessened the control it had on the native peoples there.