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Global Human Trafficking, a Modern Form of Slavery

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- 1525 days ago -
Steve McQueen, director of this year's Oscar winner for best film "12 Years A Slave," mentioned in his acceptance speech last month that 21 million people are living in slavery today

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Evelyn B (62)
Tuesday April 15, 2014, 4:19 am
Sadly, the ILO figures may only be the tip of the iceberg.
Human trafficking is a major channel into modern-day slavery - and it is a major mistake to think that the victims are all from poor, illiterate backgrounds. Not long ago, there was an article here on C2NN by a TV presenter who almost got caught through a credible offer to cover the Sochi Games ... an offer she leapt at, and only towards the last minute decided to check with the HQ of the company supposedly represented: FBI investigation and arrest of the link person. Several attractive & well-educated women in their 20s were saved from the same well-baited trap. In E. Europe, baits are often modelling jobs, air-hostess etc ... Survivors report the horrendous process of breaking their spirits before they are passed on to the prostitution networks.
But modern slavery also includes abusive work conditions (domestic labour 24/24 availability & abominable living conditions; construction or brick-making jobs that effectively require all the family to work - for a single salary; factory or home-based manufacture work; etc ...) The true figures don't show up.
Yes - it really is more than time to find ways of seriously discouraging all those who make a fortune out of modern day slavery, by imposing & enforcing heavy penalties.
Thanks very much for posting ...

Yvonne F (181)
Tuesday April 15, 2014, 4:24 am
I agree with Evelyn! But it doesn't really matter what the numbers are, ONE is still one too many!
Thanks Rose

penny C (83)
Tuesday April 15, 2014, 2:22 pm
Agree Yvonne.Thanks Rose.

Vivien Green (153)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 6:42 am
Noted thank you Rose,
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Athena F (131)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 1:01 pm
thank you

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 1:11 pm
Sadly noted, thanks.

Aaron Holmgren (3)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 1:34 pm
The power to end slavery is in the hands of the 1st world consumer. If we just purchase without any concern where goods come from or how they were produced, then we are complicit.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 2:34 pm
Thank you, Rose..

Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 3:29 pm
Thanks Rose.

Jessica K (103)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 5:21 pm
Excellent overview of modern slavery. Noted and thanks.

Lynn C (94)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 5:33 pm
Noted and thank you. Pure evil.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 12:15 pm

Thanks for this post, Rose, and your great comment Evelyn! We're all too easy to forget the many forms modern slavery takes. When talking about slavery the vivid images of the black slave trade comes to mind - thankfully something from the past with some exceptions.

In Western Europe we have lots of sex slaves from the ex-East Bloc countries as well as from South America and Asia. The Arabic Gulf States have labourers (in my opinion modern slaves) from the sub-continent and Asia who work for meager salaries with no protection to speak of and so on. Not to begin to speak of all those sweat shops which manufacture for a near to nothing salary our "lavish" goods.

I see the problem, can analyse its roots but don't have an answer as to how to end it. Maybe PARECON (Partcipatory Economy) could be the answer? But as long as capitalism has its ugly head quite high up there's little hope ...

Roger G (154)
Friday April 18, 2014, 1:11 pm
noted, thanks
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