Slaves played an integral role in ancient Mesopotamian life. These slaves were captives of war, minors sold into slavery, or they were born into slavery. As well, in ancient Sumer, the king would send out bands of men to plunder for slaves. Royal slaves, known as public slaves, constructed buildings and built roads and fortifications. In this manner, they served the empire. Slaves also worked in the wealthy households and the temples. Without slaves, ancient Mesopotamia may not have thrived in the same respects.
Unfortunately, in today's world, slavery still exists. One form of slavery is debt-bondage or bonded labor. In many countries, people are forced to work to pay off money they owe. They may be forced to labor in factories, agriculture, or sweatshops, producing goods sold in other countries. Children can also be forced into slavery by their parents to work in those same types of labor. Also, young girls are forced into marriage against their will and must comply with their families' arrangements. Other occupations that employ slaves consist of the fishing industry and domestic work. Lastly, human trafficking and prostitution also constitute modern slavery.