September 27, 2012
If you think slavery ended with the Civil War, you’re wrong. On Tuesday, President Obama announced new initiatives to end human trafficking in the United States, saying, “When a little girl is sold by her impoverished family, or girls my daughters’ ages run away from home and are lured—that’s slavery. It’s barbaric, it’s evil, and it has no place in a civilized world.” Schools in at least six states now focus on human trafficking because, “criminals have turned to classrooms and social media sites to recruit students into forced domestic sex and labor rings.” The adult escort pages of websites such as Craigslist and Backpage.com are the new auction blocks of modern-day slavery.
Human traffickers don’t keep the extensive data they once did (click here to read about Elliott waves in the transatlantic slave trade), but it’s clear that modern slavery is thriving in the “civilized world.”
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