THE EDITOR, Sir:
After reading a review of a book on the trans-Saharan slave trade, I began developing an interest in this other slave trade that the historians seldom seem to write about. But apparently there is a growing scholarly interest in it. An Internet search revealed the following claims, among others.
It is the oldest known slave trade and lasted some 17 centuries, and was still being practised up to the 1960s. The transatlantic slave trade, in comparison, lasted four centuries. While it is difficult to determine numbers in these matters, one historian estimates that about 10 million slaves were exported during this trade, about half the number sold to the Caribbean and the Americas.
There were an estimated two million slaves in Ethiopia at the time of the coronation of Haile Selassie in 1930. To his credit, he abolished the practice in 1942.
The Anti-Slavery Society estimates that there could be as many as 12 to 27 million
So far from being a thing of the past, slavery is one of the major moral