World Slavery

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 1

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act toward one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 3

Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person.

Article 4

No one shall be held in slavery or servitude: slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

Article 5

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Article 6

Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

As an American I take for granted the freedoms we have. We are free to choose whatever religion we want. Freedom of speech, and press, the right to bear arms to take these things away would be deemed unconstitututional and our constitutuion is followed through fairly well. The same cannot be said for every country.

In the 1700s Haiti escaped a French rule of slavery. One of the first countries in the Americas to win this battle. Due to poverty the idea of slavery was reintroduced this time by its own people. A child is sold to a well to do family with the promise of education and all the things a child needs. The promise is then taken away. The restavek “slave” is ordered to take the “master’s ” children to school but the restsvek will not be attending. The slave is forced to watch the family eat but no food is given to him/her. This child can be beaten to the death and thrown on the streets to rot.

In Africa ” …a ship carrying hundreds of people was recently turned away from Benin, Africa, officials suspected that the children on board were human slaves. ” These slaves are held in bondage.

In in isolated parts of India they hold auctions selling children and their virginity. A devadasis is a servant of God. These children are dedicated to their God at puberty.

“At the age of 12, Lashmi became a concubine for a 60-year-old man. Her friends say she was relatively lucky. Her master was a good person – not too demanding, never violent, and seldom drunk.” When he died her status changed. She and her son had an uncertain future.

As a devadasis her main occupation was in the flesh trade. She basically ended up as a prostitute. This happens to feed her child. The girl passed away due to AIDS.

Even though these places have passed laws banning this activity slavery is still in existance. They are not following their laws or the rules set forth by the United Nations. This activity is cruel and unjust. The people of Haiti, Africa, and India don’t know any other way.

There are organizations that help fight against slavery such as Amnesty International

Haitian born Wyclef Jean, former member of the Fugee’s created The Yele Haiti Foundation

Other sites to visit: iAbolish Amercan Anti-Slavery Group

Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)

You can sign a petition to to abolish the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

The positive news is there are organizations to help rid the world of the atrocity of slavery.



4 Responses

  1. Now I would have figured that slavery was part of our history, not our present, but, of course, you’re right. It still manifests itself in our world, even in our own country.

    Nice to see that you’re an NPR fan. I couldn’t survive without it.

  2. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. This was a month of research because when you have kids everything takes longer than usual.

  3. Hi Shiley

    There is also this kid that was featured on CNN Hero’s

    Great post!

  4. Very interesting link.

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