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Monday, January 11, 2010

Slave Trade in South Africa

I read an incredible article about the active slave trade today in South Africa.  Click on this link to go to the article on Time Magazine's website.  Here are a couple of quotes from the article written by E Benjamin Skinner:

"While South Africa invests billions to prepare its infrastructure for the half-million visitors expected to attend (the World Cup), tens of thousands of children have become ensnared in sexual slavery, and those who profit from their abuse are also preparing for the tournament. During a three-week investigation into human-trafficking syndicates operating near two stadiums, I found a lucrative trade in child sex. The children, sold for as little as $45, can earn more than $600 per night for their captors. "I'm really looking forward to doing more business during the World Cup," said a trafficker."

"Despite more than a dozen international conventions banning slavery in the past 150 years, there are more slaves today than at any point in human history."

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1952335,00.html#ixzz0cJboheYk

1 comment:

  1. Slavery is such a terrible crime, and is so wide spread :(