Slavery in Britain today

From British daily The Morning Star:

Slavery returns to Britain

Thursday 14 May 2009

by Paddy McGuffin

HUMAN trafficking into the country amounts to a “resurgence of the slave trade” and the government is failing to tackle the issue, a select committee report warned on Wednesday.

The home affairs committee report, entitled The Trade in Human Beings: Human trafficking in the UK, said that there are at least 5,000 victims – mostly women and children – living in this country.

Most are made to work in the sex trade or forced to beg. Others fall prey to crooked gangmasters and are forced to work long hours in disgraceful conditions for a pittance.

UK government resists European efforts to co-ordinate efforts to fight sex trafficking: here.

FEMEN’s Unfeminist Tactics? A Response to Rising Sex Tourism in Ukraine: here.

Slavery in today’s world: here.

1 thought on “Slavery in Britain today

  1. There Are More Slaves Today Than at Any Time in Human History 8-24-09
    by Terrence McNally
    The world suffers global
    recession, enormous inequity, hunger, deforestation, pollution, climate
    change, nuclear weapons, terrorism, etc. To those who say we’re not
    really making progress, many might point to the fact that at least
    we’ve eliminated slavery. But sadly that is not the truth. One
    hundred forty-three years after passage of the 13th Amendment to the
    U.S. Constitution and 60 years after Article 4 of the U.N.’s Universal
    Declaration of Human Rights banned slavery and the slave trade
    worldwide, there are more slaves than at any time in human history —
    27 million. Complete article at:
    Aloun Farms
    Owners Indicted in Forced Labor of Thai Workers
    Aloun’s owners are accused of violations against 44 Thai workers
    8-29-09 Honolulu Advertiser by Jim Dooley and Christie Wilson

    Print Version:
    The owners of a Kapolei farm known
    for supplying a rich variety of Asian vegetables, melons and other
    produce to the state’s largest wholesalers and grocers have been
    indicted on charges alleging the forced labor of 44 Thai nationals
    brought to Hawai’i under a federal agricultural guest-worker program. –
    – – The indictment, filed Thursday, said Alec and Mike Sou and Khoo
    conspired to obtain “cheap and compliant labor” by using “false
    promises” of lucrative jobs at the Kapolei business to entice
    impoverished rural farm workers in Thailand who were forced to pay
    recruitment fees of up to $22,500, money that was pocketed by the
    defendants. Unable to pay the high fees, the workers were told to
    borrow the money at high interest rates from a bank affiliated with the
    recruiting companies, according to the indictment. Once in Hawaii,
    Aloun Farms officials allegedly confiscated the workers’ passports and
    strictly controlled their movements. The workers were told that if they
    ran away or complained, they would be sent back to Thailand and bring
    financial ruin on their families, according to the indictment. The
    indictment alleges that Alec Sou met with Khoo in Thailand in April
    2003 to enter into a business venture to bring Thai nationals to work at
    Aloun Farms under the U.S. Department of Labor’s H-2A visa program for
    seasonal and temporary workers. Khoo is employed by Thai Taipei
    Manpower Co. Ltd. and is a partner in Udon NT Union Manpower Co., which
    works closely with recruiting company K.S. Manpower Supply Co. Ltd. in
    Bangkok. Complete article at:


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