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1 Modern Slavery Michael Moniz ALB Degree Candidate

2 Old Slavery

3 New Slavery Kay Chernush for the U.S. State Department

4 How has slavery evolved? Old SlaveryNew Slavery Legal ownership assertedLegal ownership avoided High purchase costVery low purchase cost Low profitsVery high profits Shortage of potential slavesSurplus of potential slaves Long-term relationshipShort-term relationship Slaves maintainedSlaves disposable Ethnic differences importantEthnic differences not important K. Bales (1999) Disposable People, U California Press

5 How do we define the new slavery?  The threat or use of violence in the control of one person by another for the purposes of economic exploitation -K. Bales

6 What types of slavery exist today?  Traditional “chattel” slavery – Mauritania  Bonded labor – Brazil  Forced Labor - Burma  Child Labor – India rug making  Trafficking - Thailand

7 PracticeFree Will? Labor Power? Violence? White Slavery YYY Forced Labor YYY Debt Bondage YYY Child Prostitution YYY Forced Prostitution YYY Prostitution ??? Forced Marriage ??Y Apartheid ?NY Organ Harvesting ?N? Caste NNY Prison Labor N?Y Kevin Bales; Understanding Global Slavery, U of CA press, 2005 Distinctions of Human Rights Violations

8 What is the scope of the new slavery?  Third largest international crime behind drug and arms smuggling  Generates an estimated $13B / year, this is approximately equal to the amount Americans annually spend on jeans.  CIA / State department estimate over 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the U.S. every year.  In India or Nepal, a person can be trapped into a lifetime of hard labor just to pay the interest on as little as $36.  There are more individuals enslaved today than at any point in recorded history—including the transatlantic slave trade  The Human Rights Center at UCB estimates between 1998 and 2003 there were 57 forced labor operations in California that involved over 500 people in almost a dozen cities

9 What factors contribute to modern slavery?  Explosive population increase post-WWII; The world has gone from 2M people in 1945 to 6M+ today.  Rapid economic and societal modernization  Push/Pull factors in sending/receiving countries  Government complicity (esp. Police)  Cultural factors

10 International Anti-Slavery Laws  The 1926 Slavery Convention of the League of Nations, the predecessor to the United Nations.  The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that: ‘No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.’  The 1956 Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade and Institutions and Practices similar to Slavery, banned ‘institutions and practices similar to slavery’: debt bondage, serfdom, servile marriage

11  Burma, Brazil, India, Mauritania, Pakistan, Thailand

12 What can be done?  Pressure international institutions to demand member nations enforce already existing treaties.  Boycotts are counterproductive  Give NGOs in affected countries resources to both free slaves AND assist in integration into free society  Ask hard questions of nonprofits, politicians and business.

13 Further Information  Free the Slaves  Anti-Slavery International  Rugmark Foundation  Not For Sale Campaign  Polaris Project

14 End Kay Chernush for the U.S. State Department


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