Essay on What Do You Think About When The Term Slavery Comes Up?

750 Words Jan 25th, 2015 3 Pages
What do you think about when the term slavery comes up? You might think about the thousands of Africans who were kidnapped and sold to the Americas about one hundred fifty years ago. You might consider the Germans use of slave labor from those of Jewish decent during The Holocaust in World War II. The classical era, where the Romans inherited the institution of slavery from the Greeks, who learned from the Egyptians, might also cross your mind. My point is when the term slavery comes up, most of us will look to the past for examples instead of the future. While illegal virtually everywhere across the globe, slavery still exist all over the world, regardless of a country’s wealth or race of its people. Today, we call it human trafficking.
Crash Course 101: Human Trafficking
Looking at human trafficking in detail, slavery is only part of what would be considered as human trafficking. According to the United Nations, by way of Taking Sides Clashing Views on Global Issues by J.Harf and M.Lombardi:
[Trafficking is] the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. (p.137)
Forms of exploitation include but are not limited to: slavery,…

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