The Pros And Cons Of Children In Slavery

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We thought slavery was a thing of the bygone era. We thought slavery went down with abolitionism in the 19th century. We also thought wrongly. People are still treated as property, women are still being forced into prostitution and children still grudgingly pick cotton. (Emancip Asia, 2015) Yes, children as young as five are being exploited around the globe under the world’s highly lucrative cotton production industry. From dawn to dusk, these children may work up to twelve hours daily in deplorable conditions, with insufficient food. (World Vision Australia, 2012) They do not understand the warmth and affection of home and family, for some have been trafficked across borders. In some studies, it was suggested that children often end up in cotton fields in the process of migration. In regions where cotton grows, many migrant farm workers bring their children to work with them, moving around in accordance to crop cycles. However, the younger ones do not always travel with their families; through arrangements made by their parents, they move throughout West African countries, and sometimes across borders in India. In some situations, middlemen bribe the children with the promise of gifts, while their parents are oblivious to the agreement. For the promised gift or a ticket home, these children can work in cotton fields for more than just months. Without the protection of law or their families, children are susceptible to ill-treatment and exploitation by the traffickers. As a

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