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Charlotte Philosophy Discussion Group Message Board › Slavery is continuing strong in the 21st Century

Slavery is continuing strong in the 21st Century

A former member
Post #: 343
human bondage is thriving in the 21st century.

The Al Jazeera slavery debate

Why, hundreds of years after it was legally abolished, does slavery persist?

The last episode of Slavery: A 21st Century Evil is a televised debate in which this question, among others, was posed to a panel of those who direct or seek to influence government policies on slavery across the world.

A former member
Post #: 344

more about modern day slavery...

free the slaves

  • Slavery: forced to work without pay under threat of violence and unable to walk away.
  • 27 million slaves are in the world today.
  • Slavery is not legal anywhere but happens everywhere.
  • The majority of slaves can be found in India and in African countries.
  • Each year, thousands of slaves are trafficked into the U.S.
  • Slaves work in fields, brothels, homes, mines, restaurants—anywhere slave owners can feed their greed.
  • Human trafficking is the modern-day slave trade.
  • $90 is the average cost of a human slave sold around the world.
  • Slave holders use many terms to avoid the word “slavery”: debt bondage, bonded labor, attached labor,
    restavec, forced labor, indentured servitude and human trafficking.
  • We can end slavery in our lifetime. Everyone has a role to play: government, business, international
    organizations, consumers, and YOU.

A former member
Post #: 345

if anyone wants their soul crushed watch this movie..about sex slavery. et al.

Lilya 4-ever English subtitles

A former member
Post #: 346

many movies and documentaries on sex slavery..

Films on Human Trafficking

Derik T.
user 23955602
Charlotte, NC
Post #: 116

Slavery: forced to work without pay under threat of violence and unable to walk away.

Your definition for slavery above is a curious one, particularly the requirement for the threat of violence. Absent the threat of force or violence, does it become something else?
A former member
Post #: 352

true. that definition, kinda sets the bar pretty high on what we would attribute with the whole emotional pejorative term of slavery too.
A former member
Post #: 353

ugh, I misused the word pejorative in the above post.

A former member
Post #: 394

Court convicts 4 Israelis of heading international human trafficking ring

At the end of a two-year international investigation, the suspects were arrested in 2009 along with over 20 suspects in several other countries.
The convicted ringleader, Rami Saban, a 37-year-old resident of Magadim, was previously under investigation for alleged involvement in bringing hired killers from Belarus to assassinate leading Israeli underworld figure Nissim Alperon.

Along with Saban, the court also convicted three of his accomplices, including brothers David and Yaakov Moraidi and Shmuel Malka.

In what the verdict called “one of the most complex and extensive human-trafficking affairs to be uncovered in recent years, if not ever,” Saban and his associates used a network which located hundreds of you women in towns and villages in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and Uzbekistan.

A former member
Post #: 448

humanity struggles with issues of servility and freedom.

The Harlem River Dispatch - Leonard Cohen Makes "Old Ideas" New Again

Since Various Positions, spiritual resignation has been a constant theme in Cohen's songs and poetry, a theme which is glaringly present in his latest album, Old Ideas, especially in the poignant "Show Me the Place."

Even though the song is filled with Christian imagery, Cohen continuously refers to himself as a chain-bound slave who has finally learned to love his master.
While some might balk at this metaphor as disagreeable or even offensive, I believe Cohen to have touched upon a very important aspect of the spiritual life.

In this age, our culture programs us to think of ourselves as little gods who are masters of our own little universes.
We are so blindly happy in this delusion that one has to wonder whether the surge of the new atheist movement comes not from true disbelief in a God, but an unwillingness to submit to one if there were.

I think Cohen realizes that what can break us out of that sort of insanity is suffering.
Throughout all his years of songwriting, Cohen's own sense of suffering is something that he had often expressed.
What I think Cohen is expressing now is that it was suffering itself which had bound him to his God, as if those chains he sings of materialized with every hurt he caused in himself, or with every unfortunate circumstance which befell him.
And after he tired himself thrashing about in defiance, trying to release himself of those eternal bounds, he has finally accepted his place in this world and is ready to obey The One who placed him there.

While other people's spiritual journeys are more comparable to lovers wishing to be wooed, I think Leonard Cohen's has been more akin to a tiger who was reluctant to be tamed - and after years of flashing his fangs and swiping his paw, Cohen is now ready to respond to his tamer's command.
I think "Show Me the Place" beautifully communicates that journey.

A former member
Post #: 534

The ‘white’ slave children of New Orleans: Images of pale mixed-race slaves used to drum up sympathy among wealthy donors in 1860s

Four child slaves of mixed-race heritage with pale skin were used in pictures to raise funds for African-American schools following Emancipation

The youngsters are pictured together and with dark-skinned children in sepia-tinged photographs entitled ‘Emancipated Slaves’.
Dressed in dapper clothing, they are photographed wrapped in American flags above text such as: ‘These children were turned out of [a] hotel on account of color’.

The images were mass-produced for a fundraising campaign following Abraham Lincoln’s emancipation of slaves in 1863.

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