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Human Slavery

4 May

Human Slaves are cheap. In 1850 the average slave cost $40,000 in today’s money, presently a slave costs an average of $90.

Forcible recruitment of children into military service has been reported in many parts of the world. The consequences are devastating. Many have died or been disabled in armed operations, while others have been interrogated, tortured, beaten, or kept as prisoners of war.

Child domestic servants not only work long hours for a pittance but are particularly vulnerable to sexual as well as other physical abuse.

There are children between seven and ten years of age who work twelve to fourteen hours a day and are paid less than one-third of the adult wage.

 

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Human Slavery

4 May

In the last two years, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has discovered approximately one dozen major drop houses throughout Southern California. The agency is seeing an increasing number in the Inland Empire. In December, authorities found 25 illegal immigrants in a drop house near downtown Riverside.

At the extreme fringe, children are kidnapped, held in remote camps, and chained at night to prevent their escape. They are put to work on road-building and stone-quarrying.

There are no clear distinctions between different forms of slavery. The same families and groups of people are often the victims of several kinds of modern slavery-for example, bonded labor, forced labor, child labor or child prostitution-with extreme poverty as a common linking factor.

Child labor, often hard and hazardous, damages health for life, deprives children of education and the normal enjoyment of their early years.

Human Slavery

4 May

States with the greatest concentration of trafficked persons are New York, California, and Florida; Washington DC also has a large trafficked population.

Between one-hundred thousand and three-hundred thousand children in the US are at risk for sex trafficking each year.

In the US, as many as 2.8 million children live on the streets, a third of whom are lured into prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home.

12 to 14 is the average age of entry into pornography and prostitution in the US.

Research conducted with Free the Slaves found documented cases of slavery in over 90 cities in the US.

Human Slavery

4 May

The United States of America is principally a transit and destination country for trafficking in persons. The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency estimates that 50,000 people are trafficked into or transited through the U.S.A. annually as sex slaves, domestics, garment, and agricultural slaves.

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