Does ending forced labor (slavery) interfere with maintaining free markets? Should 21,000,000 lives matter.

Force Labor today - 2016
Force Labor today – 2016

It is amazing that we are “still” talking about this, right?   Jewish slaves that were forced to work for Germans, Japanese slaves that were forced to work in American camps, and Australian slaves had at minimum an “official” apology.  Some even received reparation payments for the maltreatment and theft their forefathers have experienced.  The “Black Lives Matters” recently put reparation payments for the descendants of American owned slaves back on the national agenda.  They are trying anyway.

A lot of people are so tired for those ancient stories.  Yet unfortunately they are not ancient stories they are current and very much part of the 21st Century stories.  According to the International Labor Organization approximately 21,000,000 slaves are alive today.  Yes, today! educates us that even today:

There are many different characteristics that distinguish slavery from other human rights violations, however only one needs to be present for slavery to exist. Someone is in slavery if they are:

  • forced to work – through mental or physical threat;owned or controlled by an ’employer’, usually through mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse;
  • dehumanized, treated as a commodity or bought and sold as ‘property’;
  • Contemporary slavery takes various forms and affects people of all ages, gender and races.

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