Slavery in the 21st Century

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Slavery in the 21st Century For the majority of people, slavery brings to mind images of African people shackled in damp cargo holds of ships crossing the Atlantic. Slavery is something that most people think is part of history rather than a current global problem. But the reality is slavery still exists today and in some parts of the world is increasing daily (Slavery in the 21st Century, n.d.). "According to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI], human trafficking alone generates a staggering $9.5 billion in yearly revenues worldwide. The International Labour Office [ILO] estimates that figure to be $32 billion each year. Moreover, there are more slaves today than any other time in human history. Worldwide estimates are that 27 million men, women, and children, even babies, are in slavery today, at any given time, a number much greater than any other period in recorded history and exponentially growing" (Kralis, 2006). The trafficking of humans is tied for second place with arms dealing as the largest criminal industry around the world. The drug dealing industry remains first. Human trafficking is also the fastest growing organized crime operation, globally (Slavery in the 21st Century, n.d.). Today's slaves are not bought and sold at public auctions as they once were, nor do their owners have legal title to them and yet they just as trapped, controlled and brutalized as the slaves in the history books (Kralis, 2006). Today, slaves are thought to be

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