Some of you may have noticed the orange emblem in the upper, right-hand corner of my website. It was added using a plugin by the same name. The “Re-Abolish Slavery” emblem takes you to the website, NotForSaleCampaign.org.
The purpose of that website is to draw attention to the issue of human trafficking by comparing that to slavery. Of course, that is not a difficult comparison to make considering that slavery is the condition of being owned by another person, generally for the purpose of economic gain. Human trafficking has the same goal and the same outcome–enslaving humans for the sake of making money.
I discovered the plugin for this organzation quite by accident–I was browsing plugins to see if any would be useful. I searched for “criminal justice” in the plugin menu and this was the only one that appeared so I checked it out. As it turned out, this is an issue that is near and dear to me. In fact, some time ago I added an essay which dealt with global organized crime. In that essay, a brief discussion of human trafficking appeared. For some odd reason though, I did not make the connection between that condition and slavery.
But it does not take a stroke of genius to understand the parallels.
Human Trafficking Compared to Slavery
Human trafficking compares directly to slavery in many ways. For starters, both are conducted for the profit motive. Both involve the forced removal of people from their home to another locale. Both are indiscriminate–anyone can be forced into servatude if there is money involved. Both are organized. Both are winked at by governments in general. Huh?
You heard me right. I contend that the governments of the industrialized and third world wink at human trafficking much as the governments in the 15th and 16th centuries either directly or indirectly participated in the slave trade. I make this accusation based on one simple fact: Few dare to call human trafficking what it really is…MODERN SLAVERY!
To his credit, U.S. President Barak Obama has called it just that. He is the first president, the first world leader, I have heard spell the situation out like it really is. I will confess, I am not a huge fan of our President though not for the reasons most cite. I am not a fan at this time because I have yet to see him live up to his potential. But the statement by President Obama quoted on the Not For Sale website gives me pause to think I could be wrong about him. He is quoted there as saying…
“IT OUGHT TO CONCERN EVERY PERSON, BECAUSE IT IS A DEBASEMENT OF OUR COMMON HUMANITY. IT OUGHT TO CONCERN EVERY COMMUNITY, BECAUSE IT TEARS AT OUR SOCIAL FABRIC. IT OUGHT TO CONCERN EVERY BUSINESS, BECAUSE IT DISTORTS MARKETS. IT OUGHT TO CONCERN EVERY NATION, BECAUSE IT ENDANGERS PUBLIC HEALTH AND FUELS VIOLENCE AND ORGANIZED CRIME. I’M TALKING ABOUT THE INJUSTICE, THE OUTRAGE, OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING, WHICH MUST BE CALLED BY ITS TRUE NAME — MODERN SLAVERY.” – President Barak Obama
Indeed, “Modern Slavery.”
I have begun a research project on this subject and will be posting the completed essay on this website soon. I believe that human trafficking, modern slavery, is one of the worst situations occuring in our world today. There are no easy solutions to eliminating this blight on our planet for there are huge sums of money to be made. But that is no reason to not try. If you care, be sure to visit NotForSaleCampaign.org either by clicking this link or the orange emblem at the right of my website. I am going to leave it there as long as people are enslaved.