Frightening Facts about Modern Day Slavery

The recent release of the acclaimed film “12 Years a Slave” has brought to the fore of the public arena the heinous crime of slavery that society seems to have forgotten. Like its predecessor, “Roots”, released a generation ago, it has served as a memory-jogger to briefly counteract our collective amnesia in matters of our own criminal past. The Atlantic slave trade prospered under the management and participation of the European colonial powers (Portugal, Britain, Holland, Spain and France) and others, and although the page has been turned on this sad chapter in our history, a new chapter in slavery has been opened. Slavery persists and thrives in other forms, with other masters and other victims but with the same cruelty and sadism, invisible to the blind amnesiacs of the privileged West. Don’t believe me? Here are some facts about modern day slavery.

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