Facts About Slavery

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According to “11 Facts About Human Trafficking,” “between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States each year. Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking). It reportedly generates a profit of $32 billion every year. Human trafficking victims can easily be exposed to STD’s, HIV/AIDS, untreatable diseases and many more severe health problems. Just like Human Trafficking, those involved in slavery were also easily exposed to these kind of obstacles. Many slaves developed dysentery, dropsy, fevers, and digestive and nervous diseases. “Slavery in the Fields” article uses indistinguishable stories and statistics that Noy Thrupkaew uses as well in her video,…show more content…
According to History.com Staff, “Slavery was practiced throughout the American colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries, and African-American slaves helped build the economic foundations of the new nation.” Most slave owners only possessed less than 50 slaves, where they worked on large farms. During the time of slavery, they were not aloud to read and write, while their actions were watched very closely. At the present time, most people view slavery as human trafficking. According to The History of Human Trafficking article the definition of “human trafficking is the act of gathering, moving, receiving, or keeping human beings by threat, force, coercion, or deception, for exploitative purposes. This includes ‘the exploitation of prostitution of other or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery”. Human trafficking was first accounted for in 1904 when the first international agreement on human trafficking was signed. The History of Human Trafficking article states, “However, the history of human trafficking shows how long it took for its various forms to be recognized. At the moment, there are at least 510 known trafficking flows all over the…show more content…
Antonia was informed by a contractor that he could get smuggled into the United States to discover construction work. At this point, not many people realize who is fibbing and who is telling the truth. At the time, Antonia thought he could trust this man, he then realized he was on a bus with men like himself. They were taken to a house where if they could not grant people with money then they were threatened with violence. The contractor was explained he would pay them by working in a tomato farm instead of working construction. Antonia’s life was strictly controlled by Abel Cuello, a labor contractor. The only chance Antonia and other slaves were able to grasp food and toiletries was when Abel took them on trips to a local grocery store. Antonia and the other men found a way to escape after four months of hard labor. While Abel was on guard outside the grocery store and dozed off, Antonia and a few other slaves executed toward the highway. After the men and Antonia had escaped, Abel Cuello was convicted and sentenced to prison with charges of slavery. This was one of the first modern cases of forced labor which lead to Antonia traveling around the world to tell his story to people

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