Sunday, January 10, 2010

The extent of the sex trade industry will shock you

News stories about the sex trade industry usually start with something like, "Slavery is alive and well in (insert city or country name)." And we hear about the forced enslavement of young girls and women for sex, and of course it's beyond horrible and should be forced into nonexistence.
But TIME puts the size of the problem into stark perspective:

Despite more than a dozen international conventions banning slavery in the past 150 years, there are more slaves today than at any point in human history. Slaves are those forced to perform services for no pay beyond subsistence and for the profit of others who hold them through fraud and violence.

4 comments:

shesthesheriff said...

Suddenly my problems don't look so bad. Wow more than any other time in human history is hard to prove I think, but still believable.

Jonathan Rubin said...

I know. I think due to modern transportation and communications, it's a lot easier to enslave the unwilling, and it can probably be done on a much smaller scale - i.e. by anyone anywhere. Scary....

Jess said...

Um wow. That's so disturbing and really really scary. Have you ever seen the movie Taken. I may have had a minor meltdown during it because I was so disturbed.

Jonathan Rubin said...

Jess, never seen it but might have to now....