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Slavery In Present Day America? Fact.

Updated on April 14, 2010

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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      lmmartin 7 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      A great hub, but you are mistaken in one aspect. OVer 100,000 American children are trafficked within the United States every year. There are more American children as sex slaves than imports. Perhaps you would like to read my hub on this subject: 52 Children Recovered, 60 Alleged Pimps Arrested but have you heard about it? The true scope of U.S. sex slave trafficking is not known to the American people and one can't help but wonder why.

      You ask the important question: Why don't we do something? First we have to know about it, don't we? So thanks for helping to spread the word. Lynda

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      TylerCapp 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Good point. I've edited that sentence. I know several people who are active in doing something about this. It's important for everybody to know. Thanks for the comment.

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      charles cattieus 7 years ago

      It's good that you are making it more known.

      I like that.

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      salt 7 years ago from australia

      I don't know much about the trail of tears, but I do know a little of the other.I will look it up and learn more. Once you learn our religious and political histories, then add personal geneology, you can learn so much about who you are, where you are from and what you are really here for or what has created who you are.

      I do also know of sex slaves and the use of them for political purposes. The trick, to stay one step removed.

      I have seen this in a different light or situation too and wish love and healing for all.

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      TylerCapp 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      @Salt. Thanks for the regards :)

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      Norah Casey 7 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Great hub, Tyler! Very informative. There was a case recently near San Francisco of a crazy woman who enslaved a Peruvian nanny. It is far more common than many people realize.

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      bundle1 7 years ago from the northwest

      Great writing. I have enjoyed your hub pages a lot and I hope you continue writing articles. It is good to keep the information flowing.

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      TylerCapp 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      @ norah casey I guess the subject isn't so popular based on the rating on this one but I don't mind because it's something that needs to be known about.

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      Joni Leimgruber 6 years ago from Australia

      I love what you're doing - more people need to know what's happening instead of assuming it's a 'third world problem'.

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      TylerCapp 6 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      @ Honi Leimgruber you're totally right. Anybody can go on line and check out humrights watch. Get informed further.

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      We all can learn from your hubs.Thanks for informing us on such issues.

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