Modern Slavery

792 Words Sep 13th, 2007 4 Pages
Lehman, David Lehman 1
English 2 Honors Gifted
14 May 2007
Mrs. K. Doyle
Modern Slavery Our sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln spoke the following words in the Emancipation Proclamation, which were meant to free all slaves in the United States from bondage in 1863.
“That on the first day of January A.D. 1863, all persons held as slaves within any state or designated part of a state the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the
United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the executive government of the United States, including the military and Naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons and will do no acts or acts to
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Remember that, the next time that you buy that imitation, knock-off pair of sneakers or handbag. Researchers found that more than ten thousand people are in forced labor across 90 US cities. These people are forced to work in sweatshops, clean homes, work on farms, or work as prostitutes or strippers. Many of these cases are accumulated in areas with large immigrant populations, like California, New York, and Florida. Most of the victims of forced labor are “imported” from 38 different countries. China, Mexico, and Vietnam top this list of countries (Gilmore 1). The Berkeley findings also show a case where a Florida employer threatened hundreds of Mexican and Guatemalan workers to harvest fruit. It also shows a case where a Washington D.C. couple brought Cameroonian teenagers to work fourteen hours a day as domestic servants, without pay while threatening them with deportation. The teenagers were promised a better education (Gilmore 2).

Lehman 3 Most cases of modern slavery are started by a misleading lie, like the promise of an education, a normal job, food and board, or financial compensation. The victims often fall for these lies because they are usually from third world countries and will do anything that could possibly be for their benefit. Some parents of victims of child prostitution are lead to believe that their child will be working at a normal job for normal pay, but tragically this is

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