Slavery is forced labor. But traffickers don't generally use the term slave, they use terms such as:
- debt bondage
- bonded labor
- attached labor
- forced labor
- indentured servitude
But the numbers are heartbreaking:
Globally, some 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year, according to a 2007 report from the U.S. State
Department. Of that number, more than 70% are female and half are children. However, a 2009 United Nations report stated that around 20% of all
trafficking victims are children.
CNN has been running the Freedom project with highlights on slavery. And I think this issue has been comding to the forefront more and more. There are
more slaves today then any other time in history. And the fact that most are women and children is just sad and heart wrenching. Just because you
can't see it, doesn't mean it is happening.Teh mail order bride problem is coming to the front more and more.
A few months ago I was buying a drink in a gas station when I saw an ugly white guy in his 60-70s with his arm around a scantily clad Polynesian girl
who was probably barely 21. She looked down and had her arms wrapped around her. I wondered if she even had a choice in the situation.
A trafficked human could of been there for display for all to look at.
I can't even imagine being in a scenario where hundreds of people see you a week, but no one can recongize you as a slave.
But that is the thing, it is one thing to have the problem brought up, but how do you spot it? And who do you call?
The situation immediately struck me as odd and out of sync, I doubt I was the only one who noticed. But just what do you do?
It is reported that 18,000 people are trafficked into the United States each year. But other then being told to donate to Unicef or a Freedom
foundation, there doesn't seem to be much that the average citizen can do.
CNN has ran other stories of slavery such as the 500 people in India who were found locked in brick kilns that were just rescued by the government, or
the little boy forced to make 500 bricks a day to repay a families debt.
In Africa, slavery is still rampant.
the country where slavery is still
normal~ The Atlantic
The Modern West African Slave Trade
Sometimes referred to as bonded laborers (because of the debts owed their masters), public perception of modern slavery is often confused with
reports of workers in low-wage jobs or inhumane working conditions. However, modern-day slaves differ from these workers because they are actually
held in physical bondage (they are shackled, held at gunpoint, etc.).
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