Another bumper year for the slave trade.By Steve King For the football player of the same name see Steve King (football player).
Steven Arnold "Steve" King (born May 28 1949), American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 2003. Going once, going twice... An abolitionist's work is never done. Two hundred years ago, on March 25, 1807, after vigorous lobbying led by William Wilberforce William Wilberforce (24 August 1759–29 July 1833) was an English politician, Member of Parliament for Yorkshire (1784–1812), a philanthropist, and evangelical Christian who, as a leading abolitionist headed the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade, , Parliament made it illegal for British ships to transport slaves and for British colonies to import them. (Denmark, as a matter of fact, had done the same thing three years earlier, but only Danes remember that.) In 1948 the United Nations appeared to finish what Wilberforce & Co had started. Article 4 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. Drafted by a committee chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, it was adopted without dissent but with eight abstentions. spelt spelt
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In property law, a right by which property owned by one person is subject to a specified use or enjoyment by another. Servitudes allow people to create stable long-term arrangements for a wide variety of purposes, including shared land uses; maintaining the ; slavery and the slave trade slave trade
Capturing, selling, and buying of slaves. Slavery has existed throughout the world from ancient times, and trading in slaves has been equally universal. Slaves were taken from the Slavs and Iranians from antiquity to the 19th century, from the sub-Saharan shall be prohibited in all their forms." Slavery was officially a global no-no.And yet in 2007 there will be more slaves in the world than ever before. A report by the International Labor Organization International Labor Organization (ILO), specialized agency of the United Nations, with headquarters in Geneva. It was created in 1919 by the Versailles Treaty and affiliated with the League of Nations until 1945, when it voted to sever ties with the League. suggests a minimum of 12.3 million. Others say the figure is closer to 27 million. The majority are in Asia and Latin America. Kevin Bales, a professor of sociology at Roehampton University, estimates that a slave costs an average of $100. "The price varies around the world, and while one might pick up a 19-year-old male farm worker in West Africa for $40, the price of an attractive Ukrainian woman in North America might run into the thousands."When we think of slavery, we tend to think of the 19th-century "chattel chattel (chăt`əl), in law, any property other than a freehold estate in land (see tenure). A chattel is treated as personal property rather than real property regardless of whether it is movable or immovable (see property). " variety--Africans bound in irons, auctioned off like cattle and sent to pick cotton in the Deep South. On the whole, modern slavery doesn't look--or function--much like that. What today's slaves do have in common with their cotton-picking predecessors, though, is that they don't choose their condition and can't get out of it.The most common form of slavery is bonded labor, in which labor is taken as repayment for a loan. It is widespread in India, Pakistan and Nepal. Entire families may be enslaved in this way; usually they are low-caste or "untouchable untouchable
Former classification of various low-status persons and those outside the Hindu caste system in Indian society. The term Dalit is now used for such people (in preference to Mohandas K. ". Interest is charged on top of the original loan amount and the bond can be passed down from one generation to the next. Bonded labor may sound as though it has a voluntary aspect, which disqualifies it as slavery. But most bonded laborers have no choice and their lot is in effect that of chattel slaves.Other forms of slavery are flourishing too. In Sudan, women and children are abducted abducted Distal angulation of an extremity away from the midline of the body in a transverse plane and away from a sagittal plane passing through the proximal aspect of the foot or part, or away from some other specified reference point and sold to government-backed militias. In Brazil, peasants clear the jungle at gunpoint. In Ghana, small girls are offered as sexual playthings to village priests by way of reparation Compensation for an injury; redress for a wrong inflicted.
The losing countries in a war often must pay damages to the victors for the economic harm that the losing countries inflicted during wartime. These damages are commonly called military reparations. for "transgressions" committed by other family members, living or dead. In Western Europe and the United States, East Europeans, Chinese, Vietnamese and other immigrants work against their will in prostitution, domestic service, farms and sweatshops. Trafficking--not people-smuggling but the commercial trade in humans--is one of the fastest-growing sectors of organized crime. Hundreds of thousands of people are trafficked every year, more women than men, many of them minors and most for sex. Trafficking is worth billions of dollars, not much less than the illegal drugs and arms trades. What hope does 2007 hold for the world's slaves? Wider recognition of their existence would be a start and that, at least, is on the cards. Politically, some progress has been made in recent years, with new UN and EU conventions against trafficking, and new policies against bonded labor in Asia. But although countries may sign up to international agreements and express their opposition to slavery, prosecutions are rare. "Fine words, and even legislation, are not enough," says Aidan McQuade, director of Anti-Slavery International. "Implementation is key."So by all means celebrate the 200th anniversary of the abolitionists' victory in Parliament on March 25. Just don't think for a minute that slavery is a thing of the past.A*The EconomistAnother bumper year for the slave trade
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