How many of us, stared at the side of a milk carton showing a picture of a lost one? Picture ID frozen in a lost time. A time when these faces disappeared and never came back. Curly blonds, darker skins, young Asians, boys, girls…Now certainly unrecognizable.
Where did they go? Are they runaways? Abandoned?…. Or abducted?
Abducted… this word is always taking me on edge: my throat is twisting, my heart is falling in a vacuum, and my imagination is in a paralyzing denial. My brain can’t go further, rejecting the revolting idea of human trade in our modern time wrapped up with the ideals of Civil Rights, human rights,” Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”…
We don’t want turn our head and pretend, not when the number of slaves has never been that high. Volunteers of the organization Free The Slaves are reporting, and It’s so chilling, it feels unreal. Here what they know:
This buried phenomenon trapped 23 million of us, traded across continents for a basic price of $90 all accross the world. A sharp drop down compare to the $40 000 price tag (in today’s money) of a South American slave in 1850.
Slaves harvest cocoa in the Ivory Coast, make charcoal used to produce steel in Brazil or Africa, weave carpets in India and on and on…the products “made by slaves”, are landing in our stores. Without knowing, we are buying and instantly feeding this growing trend lead by unscrupulous slave holders.
We would like to ignore this plague. We want to believe that slavery belongs to the past, and if it happens it’s far away from our civilized nations. Wrong! Slavery is in our backyards, now.
Studies conducted by University of Berkeley, California “found documented cases of slavery and human trafficking in more than 90 cities across the United States.”
According to “Free the Slaves”, by acting we can track the human shadows locked in slavery, break their chains and bring them back to the world of the free.
Their site is loaded with stories told by inspiring individuals speaking about their journey from captivity to dignity. http://tiny.cc/jLRdc