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Discovered: Modern-Day Slavery is Deemed Acceptable?!

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This particular article is pretty intense. I already knew that this was a big issue in the world. You’ve seen the Liam Neeson movie Taken, right? (BTW – if you liked that, The Whistleblower with Rachel Weisz is even better — Netflix it.) Well this will blow your mind:

A report from the European Parliament indicates that approximately 880,000 people are in slavery across the 27 nations that make up the European Union. In Europe alone, human trafficking generates profits of around $33 billion.

Many slaves are victims of sexual exploitation, including not just women, but children forced into sex work across the European union. Others are domestic slaves, laboring in the homes of wealthy and powerful people including diplomats — in France in particular, domestic slavery in the homes of diplomats is a substantial problem. Others are enslaved in manufacturing and production settings like garment making, and others work in the fields of Europe. Researchers have found that many cases of slavery are very open and easily identified, with companies, households, and organizations making no effort to hide the use of slave labor.

For example, women from Russia may be trafficked into the European Union for sex work, paying a fee for being brought into Europe and then learning that they need to work off part of the journey. The more they work, the more they owe, in a paradoxical system that bills them for housing and food, time spent in the rooms of a brothel, sheets, and any other supplies they might use. Thus, they’re kept in a state of slavery.

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This makes me wonder… if there are 20 to 30 million slaves around the world, and half are children, and they have sex with about 10 people per day…. then just by the sheer numbers of the men paying to have forced sex with kids, that means that both you and I must know at least a few people who’ve paid for that. It’s only logical, right?

When I was living in Toronto, I remember there was a bust of an underground brothel on my block — and I lived in a very nice area! I bet there are several brothels near where both you and I live now, but we’d never know it unless we knew what to look for. In fact, the NYPD just busted over a hundred John’s, who were “several lawyers, two doctors, two dentists, two engineers, two college professors, two college students, a teacher, a stockbroker and a car salesman,” prosecutors said. Man, would I have loved to be the undercover cop posting as a prostitute and arresting those dicks. Their poor wives though!

Here’s a great article about the wives reactions (with photos of their husbands!)

More crazy stats:


  • Globally, the average cost of a slave is $90.
  • Trafficking primarily involves exploitation which comes in many forms, including:
    • Forcing victims into prostitution
    • Subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude
    • Compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography
  • According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves labor exploitation.
  • California harbors 3 of the FBI’s 13 highest child sex trafficking areas on the nation: Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego.
  • The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 12 to 14-year-old.
  • Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking).

The craziest part is that the US government insists on keeping prostitution illegal, which means that any time one of these kids or women escapes, they can’t go to the Police or they’ll be arrested and charged with prostitution! Just nuts.

“Sex workers are often vulnerable victims of traffickers and pimps, yet they often remain the prime targets in prostitution investigations, while the johns who fuel the exploitation are treated as mere witnesses,” District Attorney Kathleen Rice said in a statement. “My office and the police department are turning the tables on the illogical and immoral nature of that equation.”

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