Slavery Today. “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” -George Santayana. The Legal Battle.
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“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
…the classic form, in which slaveholders maintain ownership no longer through legalities, but through the use of violence, persists to this day in a few countries. In Sudan, a radical ruling regime has revived a racially-based slave trade, arming militia forces to raid civilian villages for slaves. In Mauritania, slave raids 800 years ago began a system of chattel slavery that continues to this day.
…the most common form of slavery, in which a human being becomes collateral against a loan. With a massive population boom in regions of staggering poverty, some families have nothing to pledge for a loan but their own labor. With inflated interest rates, debts are often inherited, ensnaring generations. 15 to 20 million slaves are in debt bondage in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan.
…where individuals are lured by the promise of good jobs, and instead find themselves enslaved. Migrant workers are particularly vulnerable, and small organized-crime rings fuel a booming international trade in human beings. Trafficking often flows from developing nations to the West. For instance, Secretary of State Colin Powell stated that 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the U.S. each year as slaves.
…the most common form of slavery in South Asia, where girls forced into prostitution by their own husbands, fathers, and brothers earn money for the men in the family to pay back local money-lenders. Others are lured by offers of good jobs and then beaten and forced to work in brothels.
Slave labor produces goods we use every day. Examples include:
Sudanese slaves await redemption in Madhol, Sudan, in December 1997. An Arab trader sold 132 former slaves, women and children, for $13,200 (in Sudanese money) to a member of Christian Solidarity International. – AP Photo
"Here\'s what he said to me: he has my life, he can do as he pleases with it. He can choose to send me to school, he can choose not to. I was being told if I did tell someone I would go to jail," a former Cameroon slave named PB told Newsweek magazine (December 18th, 2000). PB was enslaved for four years … in Detroit\'s affluent suburb of Farmington Hills.
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