Saturday, September 04, 2004

More slaves than ever

Susan Llewelyn Leach examines the depressing virulence of modern day slavery in the CS Monitor:

Slaves are cheap these days. Their price is the lowest it's been in about 4,000 years. And right now the world has a glut of human slaves - 27 million by conservative estimates and more than at any time in human history.

Although now banned in every country, slavery has boomed in the past 50 years as the global population has exploded. A billion people scrape by on $1 a day. That extreme poverty combined with local government corruption and a global economy that leaps national boundaries has produced a surge in the number of slaves - even though in the developed world, that word conjures up the 19th century rather than the evening news.
Check out Kevin Bales' organization, "Free the Slaves," for further background.