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Joe LaskeyInstructor RaineHIS 102.9113 March, 2016Forced Labor and the Changes of Society Today“There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history, with an estimated 21 million in bondage across the globe.” (ILO 2012 Global Estimate of Forced Labor). Slavery has not stopped since the European expansion and has continued to grow into all continents. There have been many forms of slavery and different levels of severity throughout history and continues to be an issue in todays society. “The United States government considers trafficking in persons to include all of the criminal conduct involved in forced labor and sex trafficking, essentially the conduct involved in reducing or holding someone in compelled service” (What Is Modern Slavery?). Knowing what slavery entails is important in understanding the scope of how we are effected in everday life. Slavery is an issue that has came about for progress, slavery is a way to push a country forward, however by doing so it strips the rights of innocent people. Researching slavery is a subject that is not comfortable for all people. It can bring back memories of loved ones and look into the roots of how our economy grew to where it is today. It started with the European Expansion and continues to grow to change the way that people live. Forced labor is an issue that takes on all forms including, drug trafficking, children soldiers, and commercial agriculture. Families are torn apart and forced to do things that they would not usually do for the protection of others. The threat 1
of losing a loved one or being forced into poverty because a person refuses to do something is a form of slavery. Slavery has morphed into various aspects of everyday life; forced labor is all around us and has a detrimental impact on society as a whole. One aspect of life that forced labor has impacted society is through child soldiers. Children all over the world have had to endure the pain of being forced to fight for their country because they have no other choice. The advisory council human trafficking reportexpresses a time where “A boy in East Asia who became a child soldier because he could not come up with a $14 bribe to pay off the police and was sold by them”(Advisory Council Report). This is a single instance in a single part of the world and does not even begin to cover the extent of child soldiers. “There are an estimated 250,000 child soldiers in the world today”(Warchild.org). Child soldiers are not limited ot any gender or age andcan be recruited by not only gangs but also can be recruited by certain governments. Child soldiers today have an effect on how the government is structured in the country where they reside. This is also seen as conclusive with the military that was provided in the country where slavery was happening during the expansion. A centralizedgovernment is seen as keeping children safer from enslavement. “These interpretations