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There are over 20 million slaves in the world, with most of them coming from third world countries. The reasons for slavery are many but the leading cause is poverty. The slaves are manipulated and exploited due to their abject poverty. It is approximated that the slavery industry generates over 10 billion dollars each year. This problem is not limited to the African continent only as it can be seen in other countries like Beijing, Bangladesh and many others.
In western Africa, the routes that were once being used by slave traffickers are yet again being used by those people who now enslave others to gain profit. The only difference is the mode of traffic: the routes are presently being traveled by vans and tracks rather than by camel. Furthermore, the slave kingpins are using modern communication methods such as mobile phones as they handle the transport of their human consignment.
Besides kidnapping, children are also acquired via purchase from their guardians for a mere $20. That is why slave trading is common in areas ridden with poverty such as Togo and Benin. These children are later sold as house servants or prostitutes for over $400 in the neighboring nations like Gabon and Nigeria.
originally posted by: Sublimecraft
a reply to: alldaylong
I'm starting to think that this is a conspiracy set up by flag manufacturers, here's my thinking.....
All flag manufacturers world wide must have met and hatched a plan to start a world-wide need to manufacture flags but they just needed a plan.
Then one day Barry, the CEO of the international flag manufacturing union, piped-up and said " I know, we need people to buy them en-masse so get a law written to take the flag away, then everybody will burn and buy baby, burn and buy, Barry continued...lets start with dissin the confederate flag then when that ball is rolling another country pop up and we'll all ride the political correct-express all the way around the planet and on to flag manufacturing heaven".
"Waddaya reckon lads?"
"Hell yeah" they all said, then they perfected their plan and implemented it.
Bloody flag manufacturers.........and the political correct-express.
originally posted by: stormcell
Activists get worked up over these things every now and again. Then it spreads like a virus, mutating into obsession with other issues. Then it dies out as either the activists get bored with one topic or something more urgent takes priority.
Ten years, ago a similar issue was companies making shackles for Guantanamo Bay: