[Imc-uk-features] draft slavery features as propsed
vg at genny.force9.co.uk
Wed Dec 13 08:24:50 PST 2006
This looks good - just a couple of typos (see below).
> On the run up to the anniversary of the abolition of legal slavery in
> Britain, Tony Blair took the opportunity to say sorry. "we condemn its
> existence utterly... express our deep sorrow that it ever happened, that
> it ever could have happened and to rejoice at the different and better
> times we live in today." But
what... or how much...?
worth is such an apology when slavery is
> clearly not a thing of the past and the UK's role in slavery is far from
Question mark instead of full stop here?
Only a couple of weeks before Mr Blair attempted to consign the
> issue of slave trade to history, the Vatican was saying that slavery was
> worse than ever. Hundreds of thousands of people are victims of human
> trafficking every year - women and children forced to work as
> prostitutes, others forced into labour and warfare.
> "This trafficking in human beings has intensified, persons put into
> slavery because they depend on certain criminals who take possession of
> these human beings," said Cardinal Renato Martino, head of the Holy
> See's office concerned with migrants and itinerant people and a former
> Vatican envoy to the United Nations.
> While the large numbers suffer cruel servitude in the developing world,
> trafficking to industrial countries such as Britain is on the increase.
> Young women lured from impoverished [easten]
block countries with promises
> of jobs end up being sold to gangs controlling prostitution rings in the
> western capitals. The average price for a slave is apparently $12,500 -
> far less, relatively speaking, than what African slaves once fetched in
> the United States.
> At least 600,000 to 800,000 people each year are deceived and coerced
> into some form of labour bondage - over double the number Britain was
> transporting from Africa to the Americas at the beginning of the 19th
> century. Additionally, many millions are held as forced labourers within
> their home countries. In Eritrea, the military regime forces
> conscription totaling 10% of the population, creating a massive pool of
> forced labour. (Links http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2006/12/358111.html
> The International Labour Organisation puts the total number of people
> enduring some form of forced servitude at any one time at over 12
> million, and even this very conservative estimate dwarfs the 10 million
> to 28 million victims of 350 years of the African slave trade. Slavery
> thrives under our civilised noses with migrant workers forced to take
> the lowest wages and appalling conditions or face destitution or
> deportation. Modern slavery is the backbone of globalisation, a system
> that officially worships freedom. While capital and products move freely
> around the world, national borders provide barriers to the free movement
> of people and facilitate exploitation of the people on either side of
> those borders for the sake of corporate profit and political power.
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