●Today Is The 202nd Anniversary Of The Abolition Of The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
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LINK – Liverpool’s apology for its role in the Transatlantic Slave Trade – Podcast: The age of slave apologies
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“….12 million people were forcibly transported over the ocean in four hundred years. It is to our great shame that if today’s statistics are correct, 700, 000 people are now being trafficked across borders into slavery annually….”
Ndioro Ndiaye – Dep.Dirtr Gen. Intrnat.Org of Migration
Slavery was officially abolished by law, through out the British Empire, 1st August 1834. It was not brought about through civil unrest, as in the States and other countries.
The principle protagonists were: Thomas Clarkson, Henry Brougham, William Wilberforce, Thomas Fowell Buxton, Elizabeth Heyrick, Mary Lloyd, Jane Smeal, Elizabeth Pease, Anne Knight, Helini Hermanda and Prime Minister Pitt.
The slave trade carried on for an other 200 years.
…contemporary forms of slavery – such as human trafficking, forced prostitution, child soldiers, forced and bonded labour and the use of children in the international drug trade – are still flourishing today, largely as a result of vulnerability exacerbated by poverty, discrimination and social exclusion….
·It is estimated that 300,000 children are currently being exploited as child soldiers in as many as 30 areas of conflict around the world. Many of the kidnapped girls who are made into child soldiers are also forced into sexual slavery.
·The International Organization for Migration estimates that annually 700,000 women, girls, men and boys are being trafficked across borders away from their homes and families and into slavery.
·The International Labour Organization reports that there are 191 million economically active children between 5 and 14 years of age. Nearly 40 per cent of these – 74 million children – engage in ‘hazardous work’.
·An estimated 5.7 million children are victims of forced and bonded labour, also known as debt bondage, and 1.2 million children are victims of child trafficking.
·Linked to trafficking is the commercial sexual exploitation of children of whom 1 million, mainly girls, are forced into prostitution every year. These girls are sold for sex or used in child pornography in both the developed and the developing world.
Who are the consumers of the sex trade?
What are men doing to stop it?
It is men who are the consumers of the sex trade – when will MEN stand up and do what ever needs to be done to address this atrocity that is being perpetrated by our brothers on children and young girls?
Let’s talk about it – let everyone know what is going on.
Unless we know about it, how can we stop it?
LINKS – International Slavery Museum [Liverpool UK]
LINKS – Wikipedia – Slavery
LINK – The Anti Slavery Org. – Breaking The Silence
LINK – Because I’m A Girl – 68,000 teenage girls die from unsafe abortions every year
LINK – Slavery.This topic shouldn’t exist – many many links on the subject especially contemporary slavery
Photos by Fay Venegas [Barbados] Click on them to see them larger.
The UN Assembly designated 25 March as the International Day for the Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
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