In 1981, Mauritania became the last country in the world to abolish slavery. Activists are arrested for fighting the practice. The government denies it exists. Moulkheir Mint Yarba (below) escaped slavery in 2010. She has asked the Mauritanian courts to prosecute her slave masters. "I demand justice," she says, "justice for my daughter that they killed and justice for all the time they spent beating and abusing me." Read her incredible story as part of CNN's Freedom Project.

END IT : Shine a Light on Slavery (Today, people are joining together and drawing a red X on their hand to protest modern slavery. This is an excellent way to spread awareness...whenever someone asks "Why do you have a red X on your hand, you can share with them about the 27 million people in slavery today!

La Mulâtresse Solitude (1772-19 November 1802), was a slave rebel and heroine of the fight against slavery in Guadeloupe. Originally a slave, she was freed by the abolition of slavery in 1794 during the French revolution. When slavery was reintroduced on Guadeloupe by Napoleon in 1802, she joined Louis Delgrès call to fight for her freedom and took part in the Battle of the 18 May 1802. She was captured and executed by hanging after being granted to wait out her pregnancy.

Fez, Morocco - North Africa. "We saw all of these handmade buckets of dye. The slaves + workers (who were underpaid + so skinny + frail) would dye the leather in these buckets. This is how they get such rich colors over there. it was beautiful to see in person, but Fez is the scariest place I have ever been on earth." I want to go here so badly..

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