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I don’t know how many of you are aware of it at all, but slavery is worse today than ever!!! There are 27 million people in the world who are enslaved. This includes people who are kidnapped, forced, or co-erced into it. Every minute two children are sold into slavery around the world. This includes sexual slavery, especially sex tourism. In the U.S. alone there are between 150,000-300,000 people who are forced into slavery, this includes people born in the country or who are usually forced into the country.

For instance, most people who are prostitutes and strippers were not ones who chose to do that work. Most of them perhaps were people who were possibly told in another country that there was a great job opportunity available to them. The big targets for such stories are third world countries. Most of the time they are told it is decent work doing things like being waitresses and the like. Without much hope elsewhere, they trust these people who take their passports and all identifications and force them into these lifestyles. They will threaten to hurt them or kill them, and usually will be beaten badly if they don’t listen. Most of the times they are forced with being sedated by drugs so they will comply. This is no joke, this is reality. Also a lot of them are forced into pornography.

Other forms of slavery are like the children soldiers in various countries who are forced and threatened to kill many people or they themselves will be killed. It is a horrible reality that is ignored too often.
Also people who are forced to pick cocoa beans, diamonds, make rugs, make clothes (child labor sweatshops for instance), landscaping & construction, brick kiln work, etc. . . .Most of these people never see even a dime of money, and if they do get paid it is perhaps 50 cents for 14 hour hard labour that can’t keep a person alive for too long. They are worked to the bone: families, men, women, and children. There are even children as young as 5 who are forced into prostitution.

For more information on such issues I recommend researching websites such as these (and to donate to help end slavery):
http://ijm.org
http://love146.org
http://restorenyc.org
http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/
http://polarisproject.org
http://www.somaly.org/
http://www.stopthetraffik.org/
http://www.exoduscry.com/
http://www.traffickfree.org/
http://www.remembernhu.com/
http://www.hagarinternational.org/
. . .and many others if you want me to list them.

posted over 9 years ago
MurasakiNeko
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MurasakiNeko

THANK YOU so much for this valuable information and the great list of websites.

posted over 9 years ago
 
JusticePirate
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JusticePirate

No problem. It is important to spread awareness of things that are not focused on enough like this. It is the second highest money making crime making $32 billion a year (drugs is the first highest, Arms are the third but they used to be the second, that’s how fast this issue is growing – and they are all usually mixed together).

posted over 9 years ago
 
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It makes me so happy to see people bring up issues like this. In my school i get laughed at for caring deeply about such things. slavery isn’t about race anymore, and thats the bad thing. Anyone can get stolen and ruined and people need to face that reality. This is an issue all over the world and i know some people think that they’re one little thing that they do wont help, but if everyone does that one little thing it makes a HUGE difference.

posted over 9 years ago
 
JusticePirate
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JusticePirate

I think the biggest problem in the U.S. anyway, is that most people tend to feel that slavery ended after the civil war, when in fact it just went more underground. Once things like aeroplanes became a huge factor it was just much easier to transport slaves in. It includes all races and all countries!
It is known that if a girl becomes a runaway, she has 72 hours before she will be forced into prostitution.

I think too many times we LIKE to live in a bubble. I used to as well until it exploded in my face when I found out about it going to a “freedom fair” not knowing what it was going to be about. That was 3 years ago and my life changed big time since then. . .everything to what I buy, to how I observe my surroundings as I drive, to keeping an eye on young girls in malls who are easy targets and easily led into it without understanding a thing about it.

Slavery is in our own neighborhoods and there are ways that you can find it. If you’d like to see where recent issues of slavery were brought up in your area, the place to visit is http://slaverymap.org/

posted over 9 years ago
 
AsianGoddess1610
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i feel very strongly about the prostitution edge to the slavery issue. most people don’t know that alot of prositution is forced, and they dont get help

posted over 9 years ago
 
JusticePirate
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very true. 90% of women in prostitution do NOT choose it. People really are dense on the issue. I seriously call it “living in a bubble”. That percentage of girls/women in prostitution never see a dime of the money, see 15-40 clients a DAY, most do not use condoms. . . . .I highly doubt anyone would want to go through the brutality of what happens to them if they refuse. A lot are starved, punished severly, have bruises in certain places of their body that wouldn’t be obvious to a clients’ eye, killed if they try to run away, their families are used as threats where they tell them they will kill their parents and siblings because they know where they live and have most of their information.

I’ve read over 10 books about human trafficking now, and the things that go on behind closed doors to these women are not something anyone would choose on themselves. Most of them are sedated by drugs so they will comply and not fight when being “RAPED FOR PROFIT”.

posted over 9 years ago
 
WonderAve
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WonderAve

Invisible Children still ranks #1 for me =)

posted over 9 years ago
 
JusticePirate
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JusticePirate

Invisible Children is indeed a great organization that fights against the slavery of children forced into being soldiers of Joseph Koney!!!
Many times children in Uganda are told to kill or else they will be killed (into the LRA – Lord’s Resistence Army). There are some intense things that they are made to do that are awful, and a lot of the girls are forced to “marry” (at 12, 13) the boy soldiers to give them offspring and they too are not treated well. I recommend to everyone that you read the book by David Batstone called Not For Sale. It’s amazing and talks about many accounts of various slavery, including child soldier slaves.

posted over 9 years ago
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