Speech On Slavery

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“Savage yells, blood-chilling oaths...the crack you heard was the sound of the slave-whip.” --Frederick Douglass . These are the words Douglass uses in the 1800’s to describe the American internal slave trade in his speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July”? Today’s sex-trafficking rings, are no different. Literal slavery. Sexual slavery. These are two forms of imprisonment and theft of personal freedom that should not exist in, “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.”
Slaves were punished by whipping, shackling, hanging, beating, burning, mutilation, branding and imprisonment. These were/are the punishments of slaves and victims of sex traffickers if they were to respond in a disobedient or perceived infractions. The abuse
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No. So, why did people feel the need to hold slaves and victims of sex trafficking captive for work purposes? Why are they to work while the big bosses sit and get all the money? The United States is supposed to be “The Land of the Free”. Therefore, privileged citizens don’t have the right to lie to disenfranchised citizens or immigrants to keep them and put them to work without pay for their own benefit. Douglass mentions in his speech “man-drivers” he says, “They perambulate the country, and crowd the highways of the nation, with droves of human stock.” and in addition, keep them imprisoned. This is true. Many individuals who are trafficked or were enslaved are/were seeking to escape poverty and discrimination, improve their lives and send money back to their families. Often they get an offer of a well-paying job abroad or in another region through family, friends or recruitment agencies. But when they arrive at the place of destination, they find that the work they were promised does not exist and they are forced instead to work in jobs or conditions to which they did not agree and become…show more content…
They’d say that slavery just consisted of black people and that they don’t get paid to do any labor, and try escaping their living conditions and that victims of sex trafficking don’t try to escape and just do what they’re told. Also, they’d say that trafficked victims get paid to do sexual things with people for money like prostitutes, However, these cliche sayings are false. Slaves and victims of trafficking are both scared and voiceless. They are/were forcibly put in white homes or brothels to work. Whether it be forced labor or commercial sex acts, they were both neglected their freedom and constitutional rights. Additionally, both slaves and victims would be physically abused if they tried to escape the imprisonment in which they were put
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