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    Re: Study: Nearly 30 million people live as slaves worldwide

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    its been a tough journey for us white people.


    But seriously, it's ridiculous that slavery is still such a global phenomenon.

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    Re: Study: Nearly 30 million people live as slaves worldwide

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    Does this include traffic'd sex slaves? They are often not tied to a single country and move around. Sometimes they're moved to the US.

    Sometimes we realize how far we haven't come from our barbarous history. We should be doing better than this.
    It says ~60k slaves in US, so it might be including that. No idea though how they determine that. Since Hillary commented on this "crime" already, i assume when she's prez she'll take steps to end this (yeah right)

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    Re: Study: Nearly 30 million people live as slaves worldwide

    The latest wave of human trafficking victims in Florida aren’t being found in hidden brothels.

    Instead, many of those caught in what has been called the modern day slave trade can be found in Southwest Florida out in the open - working in hotels and hospitals.

    “We’re seeing more labor cases in the hotel area,” said Ana Rodriguez, president of the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking. “We have major cases in the (Florida) Panhandle that are connected to the Naples area.”

    And according to Rodriguez, the majority of those victims entered the United States legally.

    “We’re seeing that a lot,” said Rodriguez on Wednesday during The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce’s Wake Up Naples event at the Naples Hilton. “They get a J-1 visa (a training/ student visa) or an H-2 visa (a temporary work visa).”

    The promise of high paying jobs, with $15 to $25 an hour salaries along with the allure of no room and board fees, is what hooks the victims. Once hooked, the victims are brought into the U.S. by employment agencies, many run by U.S. citizens, subcontracted by hotels and hospitals for cheap labor.

    But when they get here the reality is much different.

    The job seekers end up with debt, most of it trumped up fees by the trafficker, and find themselves unwitting recruits of the slave trade.

    “They have 20 people living in two-bedroom apartments,” said Rodriguez. “We have copies of paychecks for $0. The highest (paycheck) we have is $43. The rest is deducted for so called loans and so called fees.”

    Those who are rescued are given the opportunity to stay legally in the U.S., and enter the witness protection program, said Rodriguez, which facilitates in prosecuting the traffickers.

    Rodriguez also urged Chamber members to “look beyond the surface” and dismiss the notion that human trafficking is only an ailment of foreign nationals.

    “It does happen to U.S. citizens,” Rodriguez said, citing a recent case where an American 16-year-old was kidnapped, gang raped, drugged and later left for dead in what law enforcement concluded was human trafficking gone bad.

    Modern day slaves work among us » Naples Daily News

    The following is a list of known Florida farm labor slavery cases, 1997
    -2008:

    U.S vs. Flores
    In 1997, Miguel Flores and Sebastian Gomez were sentenced to 15 years each in federal prison on slavery, extortion, and firearms charges, amongst others. Flores and Gomezhad a workforce of over 400 men and women in Florida and South Carolina, harvesting vegetables and citrus. The workers, mostly indigenous Mexicans and Guatemalans, were forced to work 10-12 hour days, 6 days per week, for as little as $20 per week, under the constant watch of armed guards. Those who attempted escape were assaulted, pistol-whipped, and even shot. The case was brought to federal authorities after five years of investigation by escaped workers and CIW members.

    U.S. vs. Cuello
    In 1999, Abel Cuello was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison on slavery charges.He had held more than 30 tomato pickers in two trailers in the isolated swampland west of Immokalee, keeping them under constant watch. Three workers escaped the camp, only to have their boss track them down a few weeks later. The employer ran one of them down with his car, stating that he owned them. The workers sought help from the CIW and the police, and the CIW worked with the DOJ on the ensuing investigation. Cuello worked for Manley Farms North Inc., a major Bonita Springs tomato supplier. Onceout of prison, Cuello supplied labor to Ag-Mart Farms, a tomato company operating in Florida and North Carolina.

    U.S. vs. Tecum
    In 2001, Jose Tecum was sentenced to 9 years in federal prison on slavery and kidnapping charges. He forced a young woman to work against her will both in the tomato fields around Immokalee, and in his home. The CIW assisted the DOJ with the prosecution, including victim and witness assistance.

    U.S. vs. Lee
    In 2001, Michael Lee was sentenced to 4 years in federal prison and 3 years supervised release on a slavery conspiracy charge. He pled guilty to using crack cocaine, threats, and violence to enslave his workers. Lee held his workers in forced labor, recruiting homeless U.S. citizens for his operation, creating a “companystore” debt through loans for rent, food, cigarettes, and cocaine. He abducted and beat one of his workers to prevent him from leaving his employ. Lee harvested for orange growers in the Fort Pierce, FL area.

    U.S. vs. Ramos

    In 2004, Ramiro and Juan Ramos were sentenced to 15 years each in federal prison on slavery and firearms charges, and the forfeiture of over $3 million in assets. The men, who had a workforce of over 700 farmworkers in the citrus groves of Florida, as well as the fields of North Carolina, threatened workers with
    death if they were to try to leave, and pistol-whipped and assaulted at gunpoint passenger van service drivers who gave rides to farmworkers leaving the area. The case was brought to trial by the DOJ after two years of investigation by the CIW. The Ramoses harvested for Consolidated Citrus and Lykes Brothers, among others


    U.S. vs. Ronald Evans
    In 2007, Florida employer Ron Evans was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison on drug conspiracy, financial re-
    structuring, and witness tampering charges, among others. Jequita Evans was also sentenced to 20 years, and Ron Evans Jr. to 10 years. Operating in Florida and North Carolina, Ron Evans recruited homeless U.S. citizens from shelters across the Southeast, including New Orleans, Tampa, and Miami, with promises of good jobs and housing. At Palatka, FL and Newton Grove, NC area labor camps, the Evans' deducted rent, food, crack cocaine and alcohol from workers' pay, holding them “perpetually indebted” in what the DOJ called “a form of servitude morally and legally reprehensible.” The Palatka labor camp was surrounded by a chain link fence topped with barbed wire, with a No Trespassing sign. The CIW and a Miami-based homeless outreach organization began the investigation and reported the case to federal authorities in 2003. In Florida, Ron Evans worked for grower Frank Johns. Johns was 2004 Chairman of the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, the powerful lobbying arm of the Florida agricultural industry. As of 2007, he remained the Chairman of the FFVA's Budget and Finance Committee.

    U.S. vs. Navarrete

    In December 2008, employers Cesar and Geovanni Navarrete were sentenced to 12 years each in federal prison on charges of conspiracy, holding workers in involuntary servitude, and peonage. They had employed dozens of tomato pickers in Florida and South Carolina. As stated in the DOJ press release on the farm bosses' conviction, “[the employers]pled guilty to beating, threatening, restraining, and locking workers in trucks to force them to work as agricultural laborers. They were accused of paying the workers minimal wages and driving the workers into debt, while simultaneously threatening physical harm if the workers left their employment before their debts had been repaid to the Navarretes." A 12/19/07 article in The Independentnewspaper (UK) describes the conditions faced by the workers in more detail: "Three Florida fruit-pickers, held captive and brutalised by their employer for more than a year, finally broke free of their bonds by punching their way through the ventilator hatch of the van in which they were imprisoned. Once outside, they dashed for freedom. When they found sanctuary one recent Sunday morning, all bore the marks of heavy beatings to the head and body. One of the pickers had a nasty, untreated knife wound on his arm. Police would learn later that another man had his hands chained behind his back every night to prevent him escaping, leaving his wrists swollen. The migrants were not only forced to work in sub-human conditions but mistreated and forced into debt. They were locked up at night and had to pay for sub-standard food. If they took a shower with a garden hose or bucket, it cost them $5."............
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    Re: Study: Nearly 30 million people live as slaves worldwide

    Why isn't the US on the list, I thought we were terrible here. I keep hearing about how horrific the racism and oppression is, frankly I'm amazed. Probably a cover up.
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    Re: Study: Nearly 30 million people live as slaves worldwide

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    My wife would probably count herself as one of those 30 million


    But in all seriousness thats horrible.
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    Re: Study: Nearly 30 million people live as slaves worldwide

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Why isn't the US on the list, I thought we were terrible here. I keep hearing about how horrific the racism and oppression is, frankly I'm amazed. Probably a cover up.
    Every country has slavery according to the index. Here's the interactive map.

    Walk Free Foundation – Global Slavery Index 2013 | Explore the Index

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    Re: Study: Nearly 30 million people live as slaves worldwide

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben K. View Post
    Every country has slavery according to the index. Here's the interactive map.

    Walk Free Foundation – Global Slavery Index 2013 | Explore the Index
    So we have about 60,000 slaves. Where are they? I'm sure that number is low, I was expecting hundreds of thousands, if not millions.
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    Re: Study: Nearly 30 million people live as slaves worldwide

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    So we have about 60,000 slaves. Where are they? I'm sure that number is low, I was expecting hundreds of thousands, if not millions.
    Why hundreds of thousands or millions?

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    Re: Study: Nearly 30 million people live as slaves worldwide

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben K. View Post
    Why hundreds of thousands or millions?
    Look at the size of our population, and the cries of oppression and racism we hear about everyday. We shouldn't have any slaves, but 60,000 scattered among 310 million people is hardly proportional to the what I see in the news. We're having marches on Washington because people feel oppressed.
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    Re: Study: Nearly 30 million people live as slaves worldwide

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Why isn't the US on the list, I thought we were terrible here. I keep hearing about how horrific the racism and oppression is, frankly I'm amazed. Probably a cover up.
    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Look at the size of our population, and the cries of oppression and racism we hear about everyday. We shouldn't have any slaves, but 60,000 scattered among 310 million people is hardly proportional to the what I see in the news. We're having marches on Washington because people feel oppressed.
    I too think it's reasonable to extrapolate any criticism whatsoever to its greatest possible extreme.

    For instance, you literally want to see every Democrat executed for treason.
    He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear
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    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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