In recent times with the advocacy of the "black lives matter" movement, a lot of emphasis has been placed on the issue of slavery in North America as of the 17th century and beyond. In 2005, I went and researched this issue, discovering that not only was slavery not a thing of the past but that since the abolitionist movement of the late 19th century, it has merely changed form and is as alive and well today as it ever was, if not more so.
I will not bore you with a redundant piece here, but suffice to say, modern-day slavery exists across the globe in the form of human trafficking and indentured servitude in industries ranging from harvesting cocoa in Côte d'Ivoire, fishing in Thailand, and the mining of rare earth minerals in Congo to the production of textiles in India, The part that I found shocking back then when I first wrote the article and which remain shocking to me to this day is the amount of human trafficking that takes place in first world nations such as the UK as well as the United States. Apart from the sex traffic that takes place in North America as well as in Europe, sadly, it seems that the former has not yet learnt its lessons from that which led to the American Civil War and the subsequent 13th amendment to the constitution which was so hard-won in blood.
As it turns out, the US government itself sanctions modern-day slavery within its correctional services in southern states. This is not something that you will see on CNN or MSNBC, or even Fox News, for that matter. But it is real, it exists in the 21st century, and in my humble opinion, it is a scathing indictment on the United States, as a nation.
Oh, say, can you see by the dawn's early light … For shame.