Ashley M. Harris
Professor C. Redemer
08 April 2010
Modern Slavery in America
“Each year human trafficking and slavery in America generate millions upon millions of dollars for criminals who prey on the most vulnerable: the desperate, the uneducated, and the impoverished immigrant seeking a better life. Brutalized and held in slavery for years, those who survive face indifference, official confusion, stigma, and shame as they struggle to regain control over their stolen and deeply damaged lives.”  This is the America people choose not to see or hear about. The truth of the matter is, however, this is what America has become over the past several decades; a vessel of injustice and discrimination who thrives solely on money and it’s circulation for the economy. Modern slavery and the growing industry of human, sex, and slave trafficking within the borders of the United States can be greatly reduced and further prevented by personal acts of benevolence, government intervention, and the provision of better victim services made by citizens of America, the land of the free.
Slavery has always been one of the United States leading controversial issues, however, most think when they are debating and arguing among themselves about the matter they think they are speaking of past events and hardships that were overcome many years ago in the Civil War era. Sadly, this is far from the truth. Slavery is not something we fought off and were rid of; it is a growing and multiplying industry that continues to take over America. When President Abraham Lincoln gave his address of the Emancipation Proclamation in the mid 1800’s this was a giant step in the direction towards the abolishment of slavery, however this was by no means the end, nor the beginning of the end, it was but a spark for the country’s eyes and hears to see and hear. 
What exactly is so different from today’s captives from the stories of those in history? Slavery during the Civil War era...