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1.       Thebirdy
39 posts
 31 Aug 2010 Tue 06:13 pm

those who think slavery belongs to the past especially in EU should watch I am slave film about modern times Britain and illegal immigrants.Below some lines of its review.

 

Slavery in the UK Today

“When we started researching this story, we discovered that around 14,000 people had been abducted into slavery from south Sudan,” said producer Andrea Calderwood. “Possibly even more shocking for a British audience, there are up to 5000 people who are being held as slaves in the UK today, and that´s the shocking fact. Whenever I tell people that I´m working on a film about slavery in London, they all assume that it´s set 200 years ago. It´s happening now, today.”

The British government estimates that out of those 5000, 80% are sold into prostitution and the rest as forced labour, including domestic slavery. In April 2010, the UK made the holding of someone in servitude (domestic slavery) a crime punishable of up 14 years in prison. The crime of forced labour is now punishable of up to seven years in prison. However, no one has been charged for these crimes since the laws came into force.



Read more at Suite101: I Am Slave: Channel Four Drama Starring Wunmi Mosaku http://www.suite101.com/content/i-am-slave-channel-four-drama-starring-wunmi-mosaku-a278402#ixzz0yCFXVv5s

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2.       barba_mama
1629 posts
 31 Aug 2010 Tue 10:23 pm

Slavery is a worldwide problem unfortunately. That´s why I also try to check what kind of chocolate is used in the products that I eat. When you pay attention, you´ll hear a lot of stories about this, in every country. For example, a lot of women working in the sex industry are basically slaves. Sometimes you also see that export-brides are basically slaves to their mother in law. It´s so hard to battle, since the people who are in slavery are often not able, or too scared to go to the police.

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3.       foka
597 posts
 31 Aug 2010 Tue 11:05 pm

http://www.antislavery.org/english/slavery_today/default.aspx

 

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4.       armegon
1872 posts
 31 Aug 2010 Tue 11:55 pm

As usual expected message from Barba, but I have to agree that sex slavery is a big problem, Turkey is one of the camp, lots women from east European countries, I do not know how these women fooled with the lies of good job opportunities even millions of Turkish citizen are not able to get a good job...

Quoting barba_mama

Slavery is a worldwide problem unfortunately. That´s why I also try to check what kind of chocolate is used in the products that I eat. When you pay attention, you´ll hear a lot of stories about this, in every country. For example, a lot of women working in the sex industry are basically slaves. Sometimes you also see that export-brides are basically slaves to their mother in law. It´s so hard to battle, since the people who are in slavery are often not able, or too scared to go to the police.

 

 

5.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 01 Sep 2010 Wed 12:26 am

Slavery is something that shouldn´t happen in modern times. Unfortunately, sex-slave statistics are scary. Girls get there not only by fake work agencies but are also lured by male hunters or abducted. I strongly feel that if prostitution was legalised and premises where it happens were regularly controlled, the number of sex-slaves would decrease. I honesty cannot comprehend how men can use illegal brothels, drugged girls and not be aware of the fact that they might be forced to work like this. It disgusts me...

 

I must say I was surprised by domestic slaves statistics, I did some googling and I found that most examples quoted refer to Arab, Indian or Nigerian families taking advantage of women. Not particularly surprising, how can you expect that somebody brought up in a patriarchial system that grants women a place in the household hierarchy right behind a donkey, would consider it wrong...

6.       barba_mama
1629 posts
 01 Sep 2010 Wed 03:43 pm

Sex slavery is just one part. In Africa a lot cocoa is produced through child-slavery.

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6517695.stm

7.       libralady
5152 posts
 01 Sep 2010 Wed 05:05 pm

 

Quoting Thebirdy

those who think slavery belongs to the past especially in EU should watch I am slave film about modern times Britain and illegal immigrants.Below some lines of its review.

 

Slavery in the UK Today

“When we started researching this story, we discovered that around 14,000 people had been abducted into slavery from south Sudan,” said producer Andrea Calderwood. “Possibly even more shocking for a British audience, there are up to 5000 people who are being held as slaves in the UK today, and that´s the shocking fact. Whenever I tell people that I´m working on a film about slavery in London, they all assume that it´s set 200 years ago. It´s happening now, today.”

The British government estimates that out of those 5000, 80% are sold into prostitution and the rest as forced labour, including domestic slavery. In April 2010, the UK made the holding of someone in servitude (domestic slavery) a crime punishable of up 14 years in prison. The crime of forced labour is now punishable of up to seven years in prison. However, no one has been charged for these crimes since the laws came into force.



Read more at Suite101: I Am Slave: Channel Four Drama Starring Wunmi Mosaku http://www.suite101.com/content/i-am-slave-channel-four-drama-starring-wunmi-mosaku-a278402#ixzz0yCFXVv5s

 

 It is hard to believe there are domestic slaves in the UK in this day and age, but before this film there was a documentary about this. 

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches/episode-guide/series-69/episode-1

It is forced labour and the domestic worker is held to ransome in the home.  I am not sure what sort of person it is that has domestics in this day and age, and does not pay them a living wage.   

It is claimed in the papers that many of these domestic slaves are kept by foreign diplomats who are immune to our laws.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/7970416/Foreign-diplomats-abusing-immunity-to-keep-domestic-slaves-in-Britain.html

 

8.       alameda
3499 posts
 01 Sep 2010 Wed 08:59 pm

 

Quoting Daydreamer

................Not particularly surprising, how can you expect that somebody brought up in a patriarchial system that grants women a place in the household hierarchy right behind a donkey, would consider it wrong...

 

You just can´t let go of it, hmmm? Just who is this "somebody"? Like the illegal immigrant issue, who hires them? Who takes advantage of the "services"?

It exists all over, and has for longer than we can measure. It´s sad really.  There have been numerous cases of it right in Berkeley, CA, and other supposedly "enlightened" places. I once met a young Mexican woman who was purported to have been forced into involuntary servitude by a "nice white" couple as a house servant/sex slave.

When you have vulnerable people and cruel strong people, and those who want services...you have slavery.  As long as those who partake of the services are able to fool themselves about the status of the service they are using, it will exist.



Edited (9/1/2010) by alameda

9.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 01 Sep 2010 Wed 09:22 pm

As you may guess, Alameda, that "somebody" would most likely be a person from equality challenged backward-mentality country like the ones in the Gulf area, or coming from a country where caste system is deep rooted in tradition.

By no means am I saying that "white" British or American people are perfect or would never abuse other people. I´d say that a lot of white men use dodgy brothels and use girls forced into prostitution. however, I´d love to see statistics of domestic slaves "owners" (sorry for using the word owner, I couldn´t come up with something more PC, will gladly read suggestions). Like I said, I googled a few pages and 99% of cases given as examples were Arabs,Nigerians and Indians who felt it natural to keep a domestic slave, often one from their homeland.

Illegal immigrants are another issue, I´ve seen some frightening documentaries about people being brought into US on ships, some of them dying on the way. And then they´re forced to work for free. It is repulsive

10.       Thebirdy
39 posts
 02 Sep 2010 Thu 12:04 am

 

Quoting Daydreamer

 

Illegal immigrants are another issue, I do not agree DD, i think it is the same issue, at least it was the same in the film I wanted to draw ppl´s attention.  I´ve seen some frightening documentaries about people being brought into US on ships, some of them dying on the way. The same about Italy, Spain and other European countries-why should we concentrate on the US? And then they´re forced to work for free.  Pretty often as domestic slaves.It is repulsive.Agree!!!

but there is another side of a stick here, what about legal-I mean coming from EU countries housewives working without a day off? coping with whims of their Padrone di Casa? or what ever language we can use, suffering humiliation just in the name of better salary...Isn´t it repulsive as well?

 

 

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