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Monday, December 1, 2014

Modern slavery: Deeply hidden

(The Old Plantation, circa 1790)
Slaves may not still be picking cotton, but then again they might be.  

According to Sky News, modern slavery is rampant within such countries as the United Kingdom, Poland, Nigeria,
Albania and Romania.

In the United Kingdom alone, an estimated 10,000 to 13,000 people were “trapped in conditions of slavery” in 2013.  These conditions include “women forced into
prostitution, imprisoned domestic staff, and field and factory workers.”  This estimate includes “victim numbers which go undetected by authorities.”

Because modern slavery is so “deeply hidden,” exposing its existence is the first crucial step toward eradication.  “Urgent action” is now being called for by Home Secretary Theresa May of the United Kingdom.

Strategies used to “counter terrorism and fight organized crime” will be employed.  Goals are threefold:  to raise public awareness, to “prevent additional cases,” and to “pursue those responsible” for this hideous practice.


Copyright December 1, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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