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Posted 11/19/17 , edited 11/19/17
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/18/world/europe/uk-modern-slavery.html

This story in the New York Times describes how people are often enslaved to transport and sell drugs, which I felt like sharing and commenting on.

As far as I can tell, there are a few things modern day slaves are useful for:
- Drug Trafficking
- Sex Trafficking
- Gang-pressed Soldiers (such as the child soldiers in various conflicts)
- Any kind of "Sweatshop" worker

There's one strategy that's gaining popularity which suggests that a "War on Drugs" approach doesn't work, and we should instead entice victims to seek help, but otherwise not pursue criminal charges against slavers or their clients (people who buy drugs, prostitutes, child pornography, and so on).

I have problems with this idea. On the one hand, it's tempting to say someone addicted to drugs is a victim. On the other hand, addiction to porn is becoming a thing and I'd say it feels much less tempting to give the same kind of victim status to someone consuming child pornography. Should we draw an equivalence between the two? It seems both are feeding into an industry of slavery, the girl working as a drug trafficker is abused much the same as the sex workers.

As for the slavers themselves, I understand that the prisons are overflowing with these people, but just ignoring them is, honestly, emasculating. I think women feel this emotion of emasculation, as well. It is a human impulse to take an active role in defending people and punishing evil, I think.

Is there really any aspect of this terrible industry we can ignore? The producers, the buyers, the sellers.
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Posted 11/19/17
No such thing as "modern" slavery.
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Posted 11/20/17 , edited 11/20/17

thomascgty wrote:

No such thing as "modern" slavery.


Slavery is slavery not matter what era. So no such thing as "modern" slavery.
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Posted 11/20/17

thomascgty wrote:


thomascgty wrote:

No such thing as "modern" slavery.


Slavery is slavery not matter what era. So no such thing as "modern" slavery.


Thanks for clarifying.


ronin99 wrote:


thomascgty wrote:

Slavery is slavery not matter what era. So no such thing as "modern" slavery.



My bad.I thought you were saying slavery no longer exists.


And thanks for acknowledging. In the future though, please voice your disagreement/dismay/whatever more respectfully than you did in the prior post (which I'd deleted along with another that quoted it, before seeing these later posts.)

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Posted 11/20/17 , edited 11/20/17

thomascgty wrote:

Slavery is slavery not matter what era. So no such thing as "modern" slavery.



My bad.I thought you were saying slavery no longer exists.
Posted 11/20/17
Slavery wasn't considered a criminal act until 2007 in Mauritania.
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I am not surprised as the United States are known to support highly opressive and corrupt dictators in Latin America that practice more human rights violation and murder than the Soviets (the Soviets are restrained by rule of law and check of power and need extreme conditions to justify any extreme measures so they are not as brutal as the US Liberals claim). For example, the United States support, train, and fund an El Salvador dictator to stop the spread of hard-working innovative Communists. By allowing the El Salvador dictator to depend on a foreign power instead of their civilian for their absolute authority, the Latin American dictator freely embrace rampart corruption and crimes that leave his citizens in mass poverty and starvation. The United States officers did attempt to pressure the El Salvador dictator to make reforms that benefit his citizen but the US officers refuse to cut support (which is one of the most expansive intervention by US since the Vietnam War) to the totalitarian regime even with his mass genocidal policy.
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The russian apologist rears his head yet again.

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Posted 11/21/17
More people are in slavery now than ever before. Only about 2% ever find freedom again. The average age of a girl going into sex trafficking is 11. The average life span after said girl enters slavery is about 6 years.

There is an organization working with local, national, and international authorities to stop human trafficking; they're called the International Justice Mission. They do great work.
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