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NEWS: Still 12.3 Million Slaves Worldwide

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posted on May, 11 2005 @ 10:11 AM
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The International Labour Organization claims that some 12.3 million people are still enslaved around the world and upto 2.4 million of them are victims of trafficking with their labour making profits of upto $30bn. The ILO is also calling for a global alliance to improve the laws and raise awareness of what it calls a 'hidden problem'.
 



news.bbc.co.uk
The ILO says that while the figures may be lower than recent estimates, they reflect reported cases which may rise as societies face the problem.

The largest numbers are in poor Asian countries and Latin America, but there are more than 350,000 cases in the industrialised world.

Four-fifths of forced labour is exacted by private agents and most victims are women and children, the ILO says.


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Its a disgrace that decades (if not more) after the world problem of slavery had been brought under control their are still some 12.3 million people being used in the slave buisness.

I cannot bear to imagine the conditions that these people work and live in and feel sorry for every last one of them.

The people that 'traffic' these people into countries with false hopes of a better life should be beaten and used as slaves themselves.




posted on May, 11 2005 @ 10:58 AM
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***Sigh***

How sick to see this still goes on to this day in 2005. I bet its all in the name of money too.

Also duly noted that no one else has posted on this subject as its stuff like this that really makes me think about the world and the mess we're in.

ALL BECAUSE OF FAKE MONEY!



posted on May, 11 2005 @ 12:50 PM
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And not once, would America be allowed to intercede militarily to rescue any of these folks without the politicos and pundits stepping in and complaing about American empire building. Or some such.

So we'll sit and negotiate, like we've been doing for decades. Decades where millions are bought, sold, abused and killed. And people can "feel better" because they've "raised awareness", held a fund raiser, sent some money to an organization that's doing the raising.

And in the end, they're still slaves, still bought, sold and dying. While we in the western world do nothing but "feel" better about our activities.

Who was it that said, paraphrased, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result? That's what we're doing.

Where's Amnesty International? Busy worried about keeping Americans from defending themselves with stun guns. Where's the UN? Busy with getting a new office building while shuffling oil bribery vouchers.

On a different rant, what defines slavery? Is there much difference from being forced to work for free, or being forced to pay taxes and minimal survival expenses until you have nothing left? How about being threatened with beatings or death for leaving as a slave, or starving yourself and your kids for leaving a job? How about signing over your assets, future earnings, under pain of imprisonment or legal action just to buy a basic home? Or spending every dime on rent? because living even in a nice tent as a homeless individual means you're subject to arrest, and risking abuse and violence from other less balanced homeless folk.

Is a corporate wage slave a slave in more than name? Hmm. At least a "true" slave has the hope of breaking out for freedom, and no lawyers hunting him down forever. And getting caught can mean a swift death, instead of years of lingering under the public teat, or weeks to starve.



posted on May, 11 2005 @ 01:03 PM
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Originally posted by PhugedaboudetOr spending every dime on rent? because living even in a nice tent as a homeless individual means you're subject to arrest, and risking abuse and violence from other less balanced homeless folk.






Is a corporate wage slave a slave in more than name? Hmm. At least a "true" slave has the hope of breaking out for freedom, and no lawyers hunting him down forever. And getting caught can mean a swift death, instead of years of lingering under the public teat, or weeks to starve.


You can always move to a country where the cost of living is cheaper. Buy your own slaves, man!

Public teat, hah. I like that.

Zip



posted on May, 11 2005 @ 01:20 PM
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Move to another area or nation, the pay for the same job decreases as cost of living does.

Makes you wonder, though, as the West tries to be high and mighty about slavery, when creating a pretty strong virtual slave class, in the illegal immigration sector, for example.

Just food for thought. There is a world of difference between real slavery and the "free market economy" certain radio pundits expouse and the WTO promotes. A big difference that I now notice, after taking the appropriate State-prescribed medications



Originally posted by Zipdot

Originally posted by PhugedaboudetOr spending every dime on rent? because living even in a nice tent as a homeless individual means you're subject to arrest, and risking abuse and violence from other less balanced homeless folk.






Is a corporate wage slave a slave in more than name? Hmm. At least a "true" slave has the hope of breaking out for freedom, and no lawyers hunting him down forever. And getting caught can mean a swift death, instead of years of lingering under the public teat, or weeks to starve.


You can always move to a country where the cost of living is cheaper. Buy your own slaves, man!

Public teat, hah. I like that.

Zip



posted on May, 11 2005 @ 01:37 PM
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Slavery is a relative term...
under a loose interpretation... all communists are slaves to the state...
anyone who owes more than they own is a "slave to debt"
perhaps we need to delineate between slaves that are abused, or slaves that are just subjugated...

but then:
sex slaves in america are often treated with harshness, and abuse... but they like it that way (voluntary consenting ones specifically)... one spank, and they keep coming back for more... so it is a relative term... and one that is probably not considered in this report...



posted on May, 11 2005 @ 01:41 PM
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Hell, PETA is going on about animals being slaves. But human slaves? WHo cares, they aren't cute little dolphins. Don't eat tuna, dolphins get caught in the nets. WHat about the Tuna? Well, they taste good.

Anyways, AMerican companies are guilty of this. Why do you think Big Business/Republicans support no border patrol? The more illegals here the more slaves the people who bribe them make, meaning the more the company can bribe them with.



posted on May, 11 2005 @ 01:57 PM
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Don't let yourself be fooled by partisanship..if only it were just the Republicans!

Sens. Boxer and Feinstein (D, CA) have been more than lenient towards this same problem, even going as far as to have been implicated in hiring these illegals. I won't even get into the rest of the fine Democrats in the CA legislature and Senate who go out of their way to fight for amnesty, drivers licences, and welfare cash/food/medicare benefits for "undocumented" aliens.

The whole power structure has reasons, the rich and powerful of eitehr party love the idea. Repubs for the cheap labor, the Dems for an easily manipulated, illiterate mob to control.

Only reason Sen Clinton is mentioning it is like branding a product. she needs something to stand out. If she gets behind it, for whatever reasons, she might have found a powerful platform.



Originally posted by James the Lesser
Hell, PETA is going on about animals being slaves. But human slaves? WHo cares, they aren't cute little dolphins. Don't eat tuna, dolphins get caught in the nets. WHat about the Tuna? Well, they taste good.

Anyways, AMerican companies are guilty of this. Why do you think Big Business/Republicans support no border patrol? The more illegals here the more slaves the people who bribe them make, meaning the more the company can bribe them with.



posted on May, 11 2005 @ 02:04 PM
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Originally posted by Phugedaboudet
And not once, would America be allowed to intercede militarily to rescue any of these folks without the politicos and pundits stepping in and complaing about American empire building. Or some such.

I'm afraid that America is a big part of the problem.

In addition to up to 20,000 women from Asia and South America being imported *here* to serve in the sex trade, some corporations (Nike, for one, though they seem to have cleaned up their act) turn a blind eye to these practices in their factories (both the selling of humans to the factories and the "importing" of "sex workers" (slave trade) for the more important people involved with the factory). I have seen it glossed over as "the price of doing business."

Let's also be blunt -- the majority (95% or better) of these people are from third world countries. Somehow the world doesn't get as stirred up about some poor Phillipina or Laotian woman getting kidnapped and sold as they would if she was from the US, Canada, or Great Britain. There isn't much of an outcry over women from Italy, Russia, or other non-English speaking countries.

And strangely enough, there's not a lot of shriek and howl over the young boys who are forced into slavery. But none of those are Americans/Brits/Canadians/Aussies -- which might (she says cynically) explain why there's so little fuss over it.



posted on May, 11 2005 @ 02:42 PM
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It doesn't sound like the number of 12 million slaves even comes close to the actual number. What about the people of North Korea, for example? What about the political enslavement of the Chinese people who work in it's noted "sweat shops". Or what about the economic enslavement of the people of India and Pakistan who are forced to work in pitiful conditions while their "bosses" prosper? There are even those who can stretch the term slavery to include people who are economic slaves under a capitalist system that control through wielding the "newspeak" belief that "slavery is freedom"? Is anyone really free?



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