Modern day slavery in our own backyard

November 6, 2018

 

Global modern-day slavery.

In 2016, the “Walk Free Foundation assessed that there were up to 70 million slaves, worldwide, of these 58% of them originated from India, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, and Uzbekistan, shamefully 10 million of these were children who would grow up thinking slavery was just a way of life.

 

If you thought modern day slavery stems from far away countries like the big five above, you would be wrong, the problem of modern-day slavery exists much nearer to home, for some it's as close as their own backyard, backyards in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom to mention just a few.

 

In 2018, for example; it was estimated the United States had at least 403,000 slaves within their borders, the United Kingdom for their part had 136,000. Unfortunately, these two statistics are probably much larger as many migrants, often fall into the slavery trap as they are not measured by any official organisation because they have never been registered, by their masters.

    

Modern-day slavery in Canada

Hard one for me this one, although I was born in the United Kingdom, I now live in Canada, with my French-Canadian wife, so it was with great shock for me to find out (via my research) that the Global Slavery Index in 2016, listed Canada, as having at least 17,000 people on any given day, living as a slave, that’s 0.5 victims for every thousand people living in Canada. Furthermore, most of them were used primarily for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

 

How Canada helps fund slavery in other countries

Canada. Imports from China and Malaysia, both of whom are known to use slave labour, laptops, computers and mobile phones, are imported with a stunning value of US$7.6 billion.

 

Canada also imports from the apparel industry, once again from countries who are known to use modern-day-slaves once again at an immense cost of US$4.7 billion.

 

Slightly closer to home Canada also imports US$1.6 billion worth of gold, annually from Peru. Workers who work in the illegal gold mining industry of Peru are often trapped into debt-bondage by recruiters who force them to pay off excessive recruitment fees. If they wish to remove the monetary shackles their masters have placed on them and leave the gold fields, both they and their families face certain retribution from their bosses.

 

Authors note; I have just dealt with India, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan and Canada in this article

In future articles I will deal with the United States, and the United Kingdom in more depth, but as you can see, modern-day slavery is happening now and not just in far away places, but within our own backyard

 

Steve Simmonds

Global Breaking News Hub

 

Credits and sources: https://www.globalslaveryindex.org/2018/findings/country-studies/canada/

Walk Free Foundation the 2016 Global Slavery Index the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and my friends at Wikipedia

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