Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

10/17/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

There are 30 million victims in the world today.

The Global Slavery Index has issued its latest report on slavery and human trafficking and the numbers are appalling. There are presently around 30 million people living in bondage, which is to say more than at any time in history.

Child slaves in Bangladesh work long hours doing backbreaking manual labor.

Child slaves in Bangladesh work long hours doing backbreaking manual labor.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

10/17/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Global Slavery Index, slavery, victims, human trafficking, Asia, Africa, report, numbers


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) At its height in the United States, slavery included almost 4 million people living in bondage. Today, 30 million people, mostly women and children, live and work as slaves. Primary occupations include forced labor and the sex trade.

The Global Slavery Index issued its "List of Shame" to highlight the worst countries. The country of Mauritania, in West Africa, has 10 to 20 percent of its people living as slaves. The practice there has been technically outlawed since 1981 but has become so entrenched as a social norm, it persists even today. Slavery in that country wasn't even a crime until 2007 and is never prosecuted.

Slavery in that country is still based on race. The masters are descendents of lighter-skinned Arab Berbers and the slaves are the darker-skinned descendants of natives. Slaves in that country are born into their condition and it isn't questioned. Slaves aren't bought or sold, but are given as gifts and it is always for life.

Other countries have high percentages of people living in slavery. According to the report, the list includes:

Mauritania, Haiti, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Moldova, Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia, and Gabon. In these countries, one will find the highest percentages of people living as slaves. However, there are countries where slaves form a smaller proportion of the population, but have a higher aggregate number of slaves.

The countries with the most slaves are, India, China, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, and Bangladesh.

Counted among the slaves are people forced into marriages against their will and debt bondage. The definition of a slave used in the report is, "the possession and control of a person in such a way as to significantly deprive that person of his or her individual liberty, with the intent of exploiting that person through their use, management, profit, transfer or disposal. Usually this exercise will be achieved through means such as violence or threats of violence, deception and/or coercion."

Countries have various, culturally influenced forms of slavery. In Haiti, children of poor families are often sent to live with other more affluent relatives who house, feed, and educate them in exchange for domestic labor. Naturally, these children often encounter abuse and may not be educated properly.

Halfway around the world, young girls are forced into marriages in Pakistan. Pakistan has as many as 2 million slaves. Young girls across much of Africa also fall into slavery. Boys are put to work in various industries, many of which are hazardous. This is most prevalent in India.

Trafficking in humans is also common between these regions as children are kidnapped to provide forced labor.

Women are trafficked across India, and Southeast Asia for the sex trade. The sex trade also snares millions of women in Eastern Europe and Russia. These victims often go missing as teenage girls and never return home, either lured away by deceit or kidnapped by force.

Many of these women do not survive long into adulthood as they are beaten, starved, drug addicted and eventually discarded once their value as sex slaves diminishes. A few manage to work for a very long time. Disease is rampant and none live normal or long lives. A smaller, yet significant proportion of boys and men are also forced into this industry.

Slavery is very pervasive and exists in every country. In the UK, for example, children are trafficked in from Southeast Asia and forced to work in basement pot farms, growing marijuana for illegal sale on the street. In the United States, a disturbing trend includes the trafficking of children for prostitution by organized criminal street gangs. The gangs say child prostitution is even more lucrative than money generated from drugs and gangs.

While organizations exist with the intent of abolishing slavery, the work is very dangerous and expensive. Buying slaves from bondage only fuels the practice. Rescuing slaves requires legal and sometimes military aid, which is in sparse supply around the world.

Meanwhile, poverty and demand for cheap and illicit goods as well as sex keeps the practice growing. Ultimately, the beneficiaries of slave labor are consumers, who normally without realizing it are buying goods that have at some point been produced by slave labor. As long as we ignorantly (or knowingly) purchase the cheap products of slave labor, slavery will persist.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for November 2014
Lonely people:
That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others.
Mentors of seminarians and religious: That young seminarians and religious may have wise and well-formed mentors.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

Four mythological symbols of China found along 1,700-year-old Silk Road Watch

Image of Ten well-preserved tombs have since been excavated.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The four mythological symbols of China - the White Tiger of the West, the Vermilion Bird of the South, and the Black Turtle of the North and the Azure Dragon of the East -- have been discovered by archaeologists in a 1,700-year-old cemetery along the old Silk ... continue reading


Agreement between Vatican and China remains far from certainty Watch

Image of There has been written contact between Pope Francis and President Xi Jinping over the past 18 months. There is reportedly a deal close on bishop appointments, which is the main stumbling block in establishing diplomatic ties.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While there appear warming overtures both between the Vatican and China, seemingly insurmountable differences remain. The general consensus is that communist-led China will have to make some compromises in its iron-clad rule in order for the Catholic Church to ... continue reading


Abortion as a contraceptive? The ugly truth of abortion in Vietnam Watch

Image of In Vietnam, estimates vary, but between 500,000 and 1 million abortions are carried out every year.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A report from Vietnam's Hanoi Central Obstetrics Hospital has revealed that 40% of all pregnancies in Vietnam end in abortion, a figure that is twice as high as official government figures. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Behind China and Russia, Vietnam has ... continue reading


20 minors rescued in India child-trafficking bust Watch

Image of India has a large issue with child-trafficking, one that is often overlooked or even used by local officials.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A massive police crackdown on organized child trafficking has led to the arrest of 10 child traffickers and the rescue of 20 minors in India. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The raids were conducted jointly by police teams from the Indian states of Chhattisgarh ... continue reading


A prelude to war! Chinese island building project aimed to create military bases in South China Sea Watch

Image of China's ongoing project of building islands for military use in the South China Sea is seen by many as confrontational and preparation for war.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

New satellite images are showing that China has begun constructing an island on a reef near the disputed Spratly Islands, which could be large enough to accommodate  an airstrip, its first in the South China Sea. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - That China ... continue reading


Faithful gather to celebrate 500 years of the Catholic Church in Myanmar Watch

Image of Christianity remains a small minority in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As the Catholic Church there begins to celebrate its 500 years there, Christianity remains a small minority in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar. According to a census conducted this year, Catholics number about 750,000 out of a population estimated at just over ... continue reading


China's icy heart? Has the Catholic Church warmed up the Asian superpower? Watch

Image of China has 12 million Catholics, but they are often split between support for the local state-run Church and the Vatican.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Relations between the Vatican and China have been frosty since the communist takeover in the 1950s, and the Holy See has found it very difficult to warm relations with the Asian superpower. But with an unprecedented proposal from China, all that could very well ... continue reading


Lessons not learned: 132 Indian women sterilized in five hours following tragedy Watch

Image of Senior officials in Ghuvara acknowledged that the family planning camp was organized by government authorities, but refused to speak on record.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The nation of India recently saw the deaths of 13 women, with as many as 50 women seriously injured after a hasty mass sterilization camp in Ghuvara in Chhatarpur district. Lessons were not learned, it appears, as another 132 women were reportedly operated upon ... continue reading


Two billion people drink water contaminated by feces Watch

Image of According to WHO, inadequate water supply and sanitation results in annual economic losses of $260 billion.

By Magdalena Mis, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Nearly two billion people use water contaminated by feces, posing a global health risk despite billions of dollars spent on sanitation, said a report published on Wednesday. LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One in seven people, mostly poor and living in ... continue reading


Five million people expected in Goa, India to venerate St. Francis Xavier Watch

Image of The saint, who died in 1552, has his remains preserved in a glass-paneled silver casket and kept inside the 16th-century Basilica of Bom Jesu (Good Jesus).

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Five million people are expected to flood Goa, India in order to venerate the remains of 16th century Spanish missionary Francis Xavier. The remains will be on display for 40 days beginning this weekend.  LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In order to ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Revelation 15:1-4
1 And I saw in heaven another sign, great and ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 98:1, 2-3, 7-8, 9
1 [Psalm] Sing a new song to Yahweh, for he has ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 21:12-19
12 'But before all this happens, you will be seized ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 26th, 2014 Image

St. John Berchmans
November 26: Eldest son of a shoemaker, John was born at Diest, Brabant. He ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter