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Slavery in modern day

Posted by Jacqueline Heller on October 22, 2002 at 15:08:34:

As we watch these movies, and speak of slavery, it always feels as if we are talking about slavery as something in the past, although it clearly it is not. Women and girls are trafficked across boarders of many developing nations and are utilized as sex slaves, others for domistic servants. However, knowing more about economic systems, some of these conditions appear more feudal than slave in theory. An example of this, are sweat shop workers. They come from far away, and upon arrival are charged $50,000 in travel expenses, they have no way to pay and become endentured servants, and are then contractually bonded to work for the person they are in debt to. It is really quite amazing and shocking of how much of this goes on in developed nations, as well as developing nations.
Slavery does exist in its more "pure" economic form as well. In the US it is believed there are over 100,000 enslaved persons, this is the estimate from the CIA. countains more inforamtion.

There is much more that can and should be discussed, but I shall await to listen to other comments so we can have a more productive dialogue.

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