Modern Day Slavery Essay
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