Monday, September 29, 2008

Slavery: A modern problem

For many of us, when we hear the word "slavery" we immediately think of the slaves taken to the Americas and elsewhere.

Next, we think that slavery has been eradicated. You'd be WRONG in thinking that!

According to one estimate, there are currently 27 million slaves in the world. That is the greatest number of slaves in history at any given point in time.

In an article by Breakpoint Worldview Magazine:

"In his book, A Crime So Monstrous, Benjamin Skinner—whose interview with Zoe Sandvig appears in this month's issue of BreakPoint WorldView—reports that some government officials estimate that 'traffickers turn up to 17,500 humans into slaves on American soil every year. Put another way, assuming you read at an average speed,' Skinner writes, 'by the time you finish this chapter, another person will have entered bondage in the United States.'

"That means that, annually, traffickers bring more slaves into the United States than 17th-century slave traders transported to pre-revolutionary America.

"While slave-holding of Africans in the United States has ended, today's traffickers import thousands of women into the United States with a specific career in mind: prostitution. In fact, some studies report that, of 131 cases of slavery, nearly half of the slaves languish in underground brothels, illicit massage parlors, and other tightly controlled street operations."
For more, continue reading here.

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