Human bondage in the 21st century

Esther-Irene Egan
Staff Writer

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Today, people are naïve to the thought of slaves being hidden in modern society, and assume all women in sex clubs, massage parlors, and bars are there of their own free will, or people assume there is no slavery in the United States and that Third World or Past-Soviet countries are the ones that have to deal with modern slavery.  The truth is,  slavery exists in America and is closer to home than most would realize.

Marci McRoy-Roth points out in her article, Communicating Ongoing Social Problems: A Case Study of Human Trafficking, that in the crime market today the bondage of people is the third highest profit following drugs and guns. Three forms of trafficking exist in the modern world, which are: sex related, forced labor, and child enslavement. David Batstone writes in his book, Not for Sale, that traffickers use coercion to make individuals perform tasks against his or her will, most likely involving threats or an attribute of physical violence. They use deception to mask true intentions and to cleverly cover up the crimes being committed.

In August of 2013 there was a Human Trafficking bust in Alabama that caught Jermaine Williams and Veronica Melvin who are from Greenville County, SC. According to WSPA the Greenville couple were pimps in an FBI child sex trafficking crackdown, “Operation Cross Country.”  Two of the victims found in the child sex trafficking ring were girls from Greenville, SC. This case shows that not only is slavery in America, but it is closer than anyone thought.

To find out more information on the horrors of modern day slavery please visit theA21campaign.org, freetheslaves.net, IJM.org, and polarisproject.org. If you believe there could be a case of Human Trafficking around you, please call the National Sex Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or the FBI at 1-800-call-FBI.

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