Modern Day Slavery Essay

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The word slavery tends to evoke images of Africans being transported in chains during the trans-Atlantic slave trade, victims of the Holocaust during World War II, or Japanese prisoners in the internment camps along the West Coast of the United States. Slavery, also referred to as human trafficking, can be defined as the systematic practice of the removal of individual rights and freedoms as well as the implication of inhumane conditions including forced labor or sex. The United Nations defines human trafficking as “the recruitment, transport and receipt of people across borders by improper means, such as force, abduction, fraud or coercion” (“Human Trafficking”). Although there is a tendency to view slavery or human trafficking as an …show more content…
The three-fifths death rate in Jamaica is interesting when recalling that during the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, the three-fifths compromise was established, which determined that only three-fifths of the slaves were to be counted in censuses (Wignall 542).
Slavery has not decreased over time, but has rather increased substantially with the establishment of new forms and methods of slavery. There is an estimated amount of 27 million slaves present in the twenty-first century (Batstone 1). It is difficult to wrap one’s mind around a number as large as 27 million, especially while knowing that the astounding number is accounting for people in horrific enslavement. It is even more astonishing to realize that the number of people in slavery increase each year. The State Department reported that 600,000 to 800,000 individuals “are trafficked worldwide every year, 80% of whom are women and children” (“Human Trafficking”). Through the passing of the Thirteenth amendment, one would think that slavery would no longer be an issue in the United States, but that is clearly not the case. In the United States alone, there is an estimate of over 100,000 people living in slavery with 17,500 new victims being added to that astonishing number each year (Batstone 3).
The nations’ women and children are most heavily targeted for human

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