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    Default Slavery in the 21st Century

    It may shock to some people, especially those living comfortable western 21st century lifestyles, to learn that slavery still exists in the 21st century.
    It exists in many forms, from forced marriages at the age of 10, to migrants who are bonded to labour in Qatar and the UAE (through debt and confiscation of passports), to sex slavery in Australia and the USA or even used to harvest organs to be sold on the black market.

    Why isn't this issue at the forefront of discussion in the western media?
    What can we do about this issue?

    http://www.freedomcenter.org/slavery-today/
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/...ry/default.stm
    http://www.migrant-rights.org/2009/0...side-of-dubai/
    http://www.gvnet.com/humantrafficking/Qatar.htm
    http://www.hreoc.gov.au/about/media/...4_slavery.html
    http://www.newint.org/features/2001/08/05/facts/
    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0309/feature1/
    http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/kralis/060718
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...toryId=1408233

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    Yeah, that really sucks.

    So when is the next episode of GLEE coming out?
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    It's rarely at the forefront, because the situation rarely changes significantly, but it is mentioned fairly often. It isn't exactly "out of sight, out of mind"...

    If there was, for example, a sudden increase in the number of slaves, a slave revolt, or a major prosecution of those engaging in slave trade, there would absolutely be major headlines. It's in a comfortable position though, a position as stable as it is despicable.

    What can we do? Prosecute those that engage in criminal behavior. But that is always easier said than done

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    Learned ignorance cemented over generations by greedy, small-minded media puppetmasters?

    Americans like their daily pig swill, their routines, which keeps them distracted from learning much about anything or anyone else other than their spouse. Even then.

    I like the idea of keeping up to date with the slavery-related death statistics.

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    Well a lot of it exists underground and itsn't exactly easy to combat. But I do agree that greater attention needs to be brought to it and things still need to be done about it. But most people (sheeple) don't want to hear about it, they'd rather sit on thier asses and watch the drivel feed to them on TV.

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    your gonna be a slave yourself if you don't stop minding tedious things and realize the world's economic crisis fool
    1+1=3 OMFG

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    I think in the US, it has to be swept under the rug.

    slavery is seen as something ancient, like it happened a long time ago and we are so awesome now, because we have moved passed that. Slavery is reserved to those other countries.

    Politically speaking, to speak about modern slavery in the US would not get votes. The US is awesome, slavery is not awesome. To admit/prove that slavery exists in the US would mean that the US is not awesome and is no better than those other third world, or backward countries. In my view, it's political suicide.

    There's also a TED video about modern slavery. It used to be a capital expense. Now, they are really cheap (like $50 or so). Except the US slaves are in the $60,000 range.

    to be clear, we're talking about involuntary slavery as oppose to those kinky people who do voluntary slavery.

    People don't go into slavery by force. Someone just asks "you want a job?" and that's how it all starts.

    I get tons of emails "hey, I got a job for you". weird...

    Also, the law definition of employee and slave are very very similar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Savage Idealist View Post
    Well a lot of it exists underground and itsn't exactly easy to combat. But I do agree that greater attention needs to be brought to it and things still need to be done about it. But most people (sheeple) don't want to hear about it, they'd rather sit on thier asses and watch the drivel feed to them on TV.
    Very true. I'm somewhat aware of the sex work being done here, and slavery is a big problem. Fighting it is an uphill battle. The boarders to eastern europe are open, girls constantly, gleefully, accepting the chance to work in Germany cross it. They make 2 dollars a day at home, and here they have the chance to make 20 an hour... only to find themselves ... in situations less than ideal once they arrive.

    The whole thing is very organized. They move the women from one safe house to the next, from one corner to another, fake papers to get them into legal brothels, and calculate in that they will be found out, and sent back home eventually. They are beaten, threatened, forced into drug addiction, their family back home, if she says a word, they will suffer, too... and so those girls remain imprisoned in fear even when walking down the streets, freely, selling their bodies for 20 Euros a pop, cheap flesh at dumping prices, the delusional hope that if she earns enough money, maybe she can escape the nightmare.

    A lot of work is going into fighting this, a lot of people are charged, and prosecuted, a lot of people are reunited with their families, but despite that, the problem keeps getting worse. Over 1000 convictions two years ago, and following that, a rise of suspected criminal activity by over 30 percent, the year after that.

    Someone has to come up with a new approach to go about this.

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    Slavery will always exist as long as there are states. It's the most elusive and diluted form of slavery, and probably the one taken least seriously by anyone.

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    Oh give me a fucking break. Zzzzzz. If you didn't feel the state was making you a slave, you'd find that the exploitative venture capitalist would.

    I think people who fear groups of people who have a right to actively choose their own leaders have got some SERIOUS issues.

    I'm just like, dude, go live in the fucking woods. Problem solved. Christ.

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