An Epidemic, modern day slavery. 143 years prior to the 13th amendment, the abolition of slavery;according to the Walk Free Foundation “there are 27 million slaves in the world”. This number being at an all time high. Many of these people whom are held captive in slavery are born into it, not even given a chance to make something of themselves. Those who aren’t native born slaves are kidnapped or lured and forced into it with no way to escape. Many children who are enslaved are forced into it by their families, the children work in households of rich or wealthy families in return for a place to live and a meager form of food provided. Those who try to escape this sort of slavery more than less end up on the street and end up being traffic and quit often sexually exploited. Many come from Haiti and end up in the United States or other parts of the Caribbean.
In the “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas”, it states that those (meaning slaves) who try to flee from their masters are punished severely. After being punished the slaves would be returned to their master or transferred to a new one, much like those who try to escape modern day slavery. There are young children who are exploited all across the world, these children from they day they were born never even stood a chance of making a life for themselves worth living. Never given the opportunity to create a life of their own.
We live our lives dreading the weekday, waking up early, dealing with long hour days, going home to even more work to be done just to start over again in the morning. Never do we stop for a minute or even a couple seconds to think about how lucky we are that these are our biggest struggles/worries. Families are forced to send their children into slavery to provide “a better life” for them only to ensure that they have a place to sleep and only the essential amount of food to stay alive and able to work.
After reading, and learning more about slavery today in the world it has inspired me to do anything and everything n my power to help prevent such things from happening, not only preventing the situation but also relieving those who are now in this predicament of slavery; especially those who don’t have a voice in the world.