Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Slavery is still widely practiced in the world. And in the US?

Most of us have assumed that slavery was abolished long ago.  Little do we know.  Al Jazeera has a special series of programs on slavery.  [Click on the title above for a link.] Their programs highlight several kinds of enslavement.

  • Food chain slaves:  They say there are 40,000 slaves in the US today.
  • Sex slaves:  "There are an estimated 1.4 million sex slaves in the world today and international trafficking is on the rise."
  • Bonded slaves:  "a form of slavery that is passed down from one generation to the next."
  • Child slaves: "There are at least 8.4 million child slaves in the world today, many of them held as forced labour."
  • Charcoal slaves: " Poverty stricken men from north of Brazil are lured to remote camps where they are used as slave laborers."
  • Bridal slaves

    India has the world's largest number of slaves, among them an increasing number of women and girls sold into marriage
  • Prison slaves:  In Chinese factories.
There is enough here to give a whole course on slavery around the world.  Of course there are several useful books on the topic:  For instance, Kevin Bales, Disposable People.

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