Modern Day Slavery
Upon seeing our discussion topic this week, "Slavery was not limited to plantation life in the United States, because it still exists in the world today”. I was in disbelief, and thought maybe it was a typo. How could there possibly still be human beings, being own by other human beings, in this day in age. Well, I soon found out. As I researched this atrocity, I found that slavery is actually more rampant now than it was in the day of the plantation. Unfortunately, it seems slavery is a universal problem. In many developing countries, bonded laborers are imprisoned in virtual lifetime employment; in some countries, human beings are owned outright (Schaefer, 2011)(pg. 189), and the value of these, LIVES, is looked at as worthless and replaceable.
Three trends have contributed most to the rise of modern-slavery.
• The first, a recent population explosion has tripled the number of people in the world, with most growth taking place in the developing world.
• The second, rapid social and economic change, have displaced many to urban centers and their outskirts, where people have no ‘safety net’ and no job security.
• The third, government corruption around the world, allows slavery to go unpunished, even though it is illegal everywhere.
In this way millions have become vulnerable to slave holders and human traffickers looking to profit through the theft of people’s lives. This new slavery has two prime characteristics: slaves today are cheap and they are disposable. (Bales, n.d.)
The human beings owned, are the most susceptible in society. Globalization has thrust those in need of opportunity, to trust the intentions of others, they are children of all ages, born into poverty, and adults looking to provide for their families or looking for a better life. The souls, who can disappear and never be missed or, many of their families are to impoverished to do anything, when they vanish. The cruelty and inhumanity of recruiters,...