Article4Bb - The government is currently working toward cracking down on trafficking They have passed over 12 laws in the last year alone against

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Unit Four: Political Economy Part B: General Case Studies Article 23: Africa’s World of Forced Labor, in a 6-year-old’s eyes Sharon LaFraniere Child trafficking is a growing problem in Africa as they contribute to one sixth of the entire world’s child trafficking. Parents desperate for money will sell their children to traffickers for rates as low as 20$ a year for many years at a time. These indentured servants are forced to work full days, every day of the week. Their jobs are sometimes very dangerous even for adults. Deprived of a normal childhood, they aren’t allowed schooling or to take part in average childhood activities. Some African families are living off of under a dollar a day and feel forced into selling their children. This also makes the children feel obligated to help out their family. They are often deceived into thinking the conditions will be better, the term will be shorter, and the work will be beneficial to them. This business is cruel and unjust to the children and their families.
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Unformatted text preview: The government is currently working toward cracking down on trafficking. They have passed over 12 laws in the last year alone against it. They are also getting involved in the communities by doing things such as not charging children for school (which used to prohibit them from being able to attend), giving loans to the mothers in need of the money to encourage them not to sell their children, and promoting villages to for surveillance committees. This will all help in the reduction of the trafficking, however the children still do not always have normal childhoods. One thing that is very important for African adults to realize is the right of the children to have a childhood. I am impressed that Africa is taking initiative and attempting to stop the trafficking, however much more effort is needed to truly end this cruel business. I think they have good ideas but they really need to be pushing them. Jennifer Clift Global Issues and Society Dr. Ruth Cater February 26, 2008...
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This note was uploaded on 12/02/2008 for the course IDST 2205 taught by Professor Carter during the Spring '08 term at GCSU.

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