Modern Slavery

Topics: Slavery, Slavery in the United States, Abraham Lincoln Pages: 3 (799 words) Published: September 20, 2007
Lehman, David Lehman 1 English 2 Honors Gifted
14 May 2007
Mrs. K. Doyle
Modern Slavery
Our sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln spoke the following words in the Emancipation Proclamation, which were meant to free all slaves in the United States from bondage in 1863. “That on the first day of January A.D. 1863, all persons held as slaves within any state or designated part of a state the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the executive government of the United States, including the military and Naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons and will do no acts or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom.”

It is amazing to think that slavery can be practiced in today’s society. In fact there are more than twenty million people working as slaves in our modern, more “civilized” society. Several different injustices are classified as slavery: bonded labor, early and forced marriage, forced labor, slavery by descent, trafficking, and child labor. According to, slaves are forced to work because of fear, are owned or controlled by an owner, dehumanized, and are restricted in their freedom or movement.

Slavery began in the United States in the country’s earlier years. Slaves were brought from Africa on crowded ships. They were taken from their families and
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friends. Today’s slave trade is, unfortunately, not much different. Children are taken from their families in India to weave carpets for food. Children are captured for prostitution in Asia. The governments of these regions choose to look the other way because child prostitution is a reason for some tourists to visit and spend money (Ricco 1&2).

Many people that are called modern slaves but are usually forgotten about are forced to work in...

Cited: Anti-Slavery “What is modern slavery?” 22 April 2007
Gilmore, Janet “Modern Slavery Thriving in the U.S.” UC Berkeley Press release.
23 September 2004
Ricco Villanueva “ Modern Slavery Human Bondage in Africa, Asia, and the Dominican
Republic.” 18 April 2001
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