It is 150 years to the day since John Brown was hanged, and more Africans are being enslaved today than at the height of the infamous Atlantic slave trade.This at least is the conclusion that can be drawn from United Nations studies in ‘human trafficking’, as the slave trade is now being called. Millions of people each year fall into the modern slave trade, according to UN officials.
“The precise number of people lured into trafficking is unknown. Between the smugglers’ efforts to avoid detection and the low priority given by most governments to monitoring and preventing trafficking, estimates vary widely, notes the UN human rights commissioner’s special rapporteur on human trafficking, Joy Ezeilo. She puts the total number of people trafficked globally last year at about 2.5 million, including more than 1 million children. It is also big business, earning the gangs upwards of $10 bn a year, reports UNICEF.”
Africa is the center of contemporary slavery; within Africa, children and others are enslaved as domestic workers. Exported slaves, most often young women, fuel the sex industries of the ‘advanced’ countries, especially in Europe.The best recent book on the global slave trade, A Crime So Monstrous by E. Benjamin Skinner, details a worldwide industry that destroys millions of lives each year. (more…)