EDITORIAL: SLAVERY STILL COMMON
As many American cities prepare to observe Juneteenth, which commemorates June 19,1865, when slaves in Texas learned they had been freed by the Emancipation Proclamation more than two years earlier, it should not escape notice that the human slave trade is not a thing of the past.
I think the underlying issue is how do we rid the world of poverty! As long as we have people who do not have enough if any food to eat a place to live where they feel safe human trade rings or slavery will always exist.
In my own town I know of three families that were given refugee status in the hopes of saving them from drug rings. We have a major influx of drug houses in southern Canada these have nothing to do with the American underground leaders such as Hells Angles, but Asian and Korean drug lords.
The buy huge brand new homes in many areas and drag some poor soul from their home country into the house to look after crops. They get one room in which they live and the rest of the home is used to grow marijuana. The use two typical methods one take the children and threaten to kill them if they do not cooperate or say to them look you look after the house and your children will get an education. If you are in the country with no potential for a good life for you children would you not take up the offer in hopes the children would be better off? I think I would and I might even feel slightly loyal to the person making the offer.
International Level: Senior Politician / Political Participation: 188 18.8%
|As long as we have people who do not have enough if any food to eat a place to live where they feel safe human trade rings or slavery will always exist.|
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There are huge amounts of human trafficking going on in Eastern europe too, many young girls and young women being smuggled into Britain against their will, and mainly for the sex trade. It needs tighter measures to eradicate it all together.
Many British churches are campaigning for help and legislation to stop human trafficking, and to keep British politicians aware that there is a major problem. More ports and ferry terminals are getting tighter security, not only for terrorism, but to stop the smuggling of humans into the country.
It's still only reaching the tip of the ice berg though, in my opinion.
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"The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today"
We speak with Kevin Bales, a leader in the abolition movement to end modern-day slavery and co-author of The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today. Bales estimates some 27 million people labor as slaves today-more than at anytime in history. Bales has also helped expose modern-day slavery in the United States, where he estimates between 14,000 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the country each year. He writes, "There has never been a single day in our America, from its discovery and birth right up to the moment you are reading this sentence, without slavery." Ref. Source 5
Human trafficking a worldwide problem
Hughes has interviewed hundreds of women across the globe who have become property. They are modern-day slaves to fulfill the s-xual demands of paying clients as arranged by their pimps or owners. Yet, unlike historical slavery, many of today's slaves are not forced or stolen away. Instead, they're lured by the promise of jobs and financial security for their families. Ref. Source 8