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International Affairs
INTL 1101
Denise Horn

A World Enslaved Benjamin Skinner • Today, there are more slaves than at any time in human history. • Five hours from Manhattan, you can buy a human being for $50. • “Forced, unpaid, they work in captivity from before dawn until night. Benavil [Lebhom] and thousands of other formal and informal traffickers lure these children from desperately impoverished rural parents, with promises of free schooling and a better life.” The Cruel Truth • In Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas, traffickers have forced as many as 2 million into prostitution or labor. • Though George W. Bush trumpeted an anti-slavery movement spearheaded by the enforcement of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, the quiet work of the U.S. state department has resulted in no measurable decline in the number of slaves worldwide. • Western efforts against slavery have been hamstrung by a warped understanding of slavery o In the U.S., feminist and evangelical activists forced the Bush administration to focus exclusively on the sex trade. o I
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