Disposable People: Slavery In Brazil

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Disposable People Research Paper According to the dictionary, slavery is defined as a situation where one person has absolute power over another. Therefore, a slave is a person who is stripped of their liberty, dignity, and basic human rights. Slavery is an inhumane act that is seen as intolerable all around the world and is not lawful as constituted by the United Nations. Slavery is most often found to take place in developing countries where free labor draws in a massive profit. If a person in America was to be questioned about slavery, it is likely that they would only be knowledgeable about the brief slavery that occurred in America. Additionally, a majority of people residing in the United States today are unaware of the fact that slavery …show more content…
Many Brazilians have taken a journey where “This is the slavery road, along which thousands of poor workers are trafficked, threatened, beaten and made to work without pay on farms or down coal mines or deforesting the jungle” (Sandy 1). Slavery was initially introduced to Brazil through Europeans, who brought slaves with them to this new land. Contrary to popular belief, more Africans were shipped to Brazil than to America to be slaves. Because of the British, Brazil was able to abolish slavery in 1888. The British patrolled the Brazilian coasts, but in the end, Joaquin Nabuco led an anti-slavery movement of Brazilians to defeat the landholders. However, it is not to be said that slavery ceased to exist in Brazil just because it was made illegal. Vast numbers of Brazilians were tricked into slavery by gatos (translates to cats) who convinced them to work in charcoal factories for great rewards such as food, tools, salary, etc. A man Renaldo quoted one of the gatos “You each owe me a lot of money: there is the cost of this trip, and all that food you ate, and the money I gave you for your families- so don’t even think about leaving” (Bales 127). A recurring pattern that can be seen through slavery is that fear is instilled in them to the point that they forget they are slaves. Charcoal workers aren’t …show more content…
Thai Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) estimate that at a minimum, some twenty thousand Burmese women and girls are involved in forced prostitution, or worse, and that ten thousand new recruits come in every year” (A Modern Form of Slavery 1). Human trafficking is a growing issue that takes place in Thailand among young girls and women. According to the dictionary, a brothel is a place where men can go to have sexual relations with prostitutes. There are currently over two million women involved in prostitution in Thailand due to their debt bondage. The reason that government laws aren’t having any effect on this slavery is that many of these men involved in government are also involved in these brothels. “The Burmese women and girls work ten to eighteen hours a day, twenty-five days a month with anywhere from 5-15 clients a day” (A Modern Form of Slavery 1). Fear is also instilled within these women as they risk physical punishment if they try to escape. Although work was attempted by several NGO’s, only a few women have been rescued and allowed to return to their home towns. “Driven by the desire to maximize profit and by the fear of HIV/AIDS, agents acting on behalf of brothel owners infiltrate ever more remote areas of Burma seeking unsuspecting recruits” (A Modern Form

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