Slavery In Present Day America? Fact.
America, land of the free and home of the brave, or so it is said. While we have long abolished slavery in America the fact remains that illegal human trafficking in this very day and age is the third most profitable illegal activity -- in the United States alone. This hub is not an attempt at filthy yellow journalism nor an attempt at a news paper-like headline. No. It is an effort to raise the general awareness on such. Much like an epidemic cannot be handled without the virus first being known about and recognized, so too can human trafficking go unchecked without first the public awareness regarding it. The next step after that -- we hope -- is effective action towards the abolishment of this somewhat new breed of slavery.
When I say slavery in America, do I mean that people are out there in the cotton fields, working against their will? Such treatment is something one could only wish for if they were a slave in present day America. If you didn’t guess it already, people are very often bought and sold as sex slaves. If this is a hard picture for you to imagine, I invite you to watch the movie “Taken”. Though this movie is hardly a documentary, it nonetheless is pretty dead on. The only thing missing from the picture, is the fact that this not only occurs in foreign countries, it also occurs in our own back yard. Also missing from the unsavory truth of life, is that not every girl has a dad like Liam Neeson to save her from the bad guys.
What does this mean? Hide the children? Put leashes on them? Don’t be so inhumane! Just be aware. And while it does occur within our own borders, there are still a large number of people that are people imported from other countries. Sound familiar? Try not to think of one of the darkest points in American history -- the African Slave Trade. And while it’s not the North versus the South on this one, it still exists. It exists under the very noses of the people who are too caught in their own comfortable middle or upper class world to see beyond the delusion of their daily affairs to a people in dire need.
When studying about the Holocaust or the African Slave Trade or the Trail of Tears, in school you thought to yourself “Why didn’t anybody step up and DO something about it? ” Or, “If I was there I would have done something to help those people!” (I know I did anyway.)
The present day is tomorrow’s history in the making. What we do here and now -- and only what we do here and now -- will determine the outcome of tomorrow’s future. This may come as a difficult pill for you to swallow but, lucky for you, the least you can do is help spread the word, do your own research and bring to light the un-confronted scene. Maybe you don’t have to be the one to carry the torch yourself. Perhaps you’re not the Paul Revere type. But your voice with the voice of those around you, carries through eternity as one solid, formidable voice and that can be the ripple that will eventually turn the tide.
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