by Robert T. Crawford
Slavery is well and "thriving" in the modern world.
It takes many forms and is usually conducted in secret or relative obscurity, but in recent years it has been on the rise, and as the trade and use is increasing in extent and brutality, more cases are rising to the surface of the information jungle.
The slaves are "recruited" from all over the world. They might be desperate people from poor countries attempting to reach what they perceive as the paradise of the north and west and south-east or also people from those places being kidnapped and drugged and subjected to brutal punishment as they're "taught" and trained. There are basically two main areas where modern slavery is thriving:
One is the entertainment industry. The other is as cheap labor.
Slaves may have many uses. They're cheap. They don't have a mind of their own. They can be deployed in factories producing poisons and to dangerous construction work without a major risk of lawsuits. Deaths and disease don't need to be reported. And there's no need for health insurance. Slaves giving sexual services are even cheaper and have an even bigger profit margin potential. Some spends their first years in the "Escort-Service", before gradually being degraded to the lowest possible denominator. Throughout Europe, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand there are so-called "slaughter-houses", where they're chained to the floor or to a bed and is never released... until death claims them.
A girl is traveling from Eastern to Western Europe on a tourist visa. Someone has promised her work, but she's ending up in a brothel, forced to "perform". A group of foreigners may be hitchhiking and is suddenly finding themselves in a cell, heavily chained. People may be drugged in bars and waking up to a far worse horror then merely having been robbed. In modern cities millions of young boys and girls are arriving every day, all over the world. They have no place to stay, nowhere to go. Others are simply disappearing from their homes, never to be seen again. There are a number of reasons for this, but a substantial percentage is kidnapping and recruiting to abject slavery.
According to UN sources it can really happen to anybody being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Children, men, women fulfilling someone's need.
Slavery survived the last century by going underground, but it was never truly gone.
- It's just business, a high ranking woman in one of the major organizations have been quoted as saying.- The profit margins are just incredible, bigger than in the oil business or the drug trade. By the dawn of the new economy the need for cheap labor have increased thousand-fold… And there will always be a need for sex. The more pietistic the area the better. Everything is for sale today. The human being is just one more commodity.
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